About Scripps Pier/La Jolla

One of the most popular beachbreaks in southern San Diego, the sandbars that form at La Jolla Shores and on either side of Scripps Pier have qualities that augment the beaches to the south. This stretch of beach isn't quite as tide-sensitive as Mission Beach or Pacific Beach, which makes it the overflow spot for the masses. Although it can be smaller than the surrounding breaks like Black's, its sandbars hold more swell before closing out. And a S wind, which mottles waves in other parts of the county, can blow offshore or sideshore here. W and NW swells work best, and the rights dominate at these times.

Source: Scripps Pier/La Jolla Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to intermediate

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Packed.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Great place to learn.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Mellow.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Typically ok but gets dicey after a rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

Loose surfboards.

Access

Easy -- it's where La Jolla Shores Drive meets Torrey Pines Road.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

Best November-February, but it works year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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