About Seaside Reef

Seaside Reef is predominantly a left that can suck out on the takeoff, then flatten out on the shoulder before reforming into a quick and whackable shorebreak. The right off the peak is much softer, but with a bit of effort, it can be milked along to the same inside section. On extreme low tides, the left will produce some serious tubes. On days without much swell and a high tide, the inside shorebreak can be a fun option.

Source: Seaside Reef Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

A few hecklers at Seaside, but otherwise mellow.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Not too hectic although the takeoff zone at Seaside Reef can be tight.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Rippable reef.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Pretty average most days.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Possibly some minor runoff from San Elijo Lagoon.

Additional Information

Hazards

Low tide face plants on the reef at Seaside.

Access

Could not be any easier.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, bodyboard

Seabed

Reef at Seaside and Tabletops (just to the south), sand at George's

Best Season

November-March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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