No San Diego trip is complete without attempting to master the iconic pastime of surfing. A majestic, yet addictive sport, surfing is a So. Cal favorite. Whether it’s the adrenaline rush of catching a wave, salty mist or the endless San Diego sunshine, few experiences compare to riding the waves.
For beginners, here are three beaches that offer great starter waves:
La Jolla Shores
A mile long beach shielded by the La Jolla Bay, this beach provides gentle waves, with the perfect amount of power for starters. The basic beach break makes the waves reliable and predictable, easing surfers into the sport. The diversity of the reef gives a range of surfing conditions, making this beach popular for surfers of all experience levels.
Beach goers also enjoy year-round lifeguards, bathrooms and showers facilities.
Tourmaline Surf Park
A mile north of Pacific Beach’s Crystal Pier, Tourmaline Surf Park offers a mellow break that holds well, allowing beginners ample opportunity to catch their first wave. Coastal cliffs shoot up 47 feet, creating a natural block from the wind, but allowing swells to come in from all directions. There are great facilitates near the parking lot and sidewalk that traverse the cliff top.
A local favorite, Tourmaline offers a taste of the authentic surf culture, camaraderie and even old timers to captivate you with past tales of surfing glory.
Part of the longest continuous stretch of beach in California, Mission Beach sits south of Pacific Beach’s Crystal Pier and north of the Mission Bay Jetty. Less crowded than the popular Mission Beach Jetty, this spot makes it easy to catch waves.
A great family venue, the waves and sandy bottom are great for beginning surfers and boogie boarders alike.
Let us Teach You!
Everyone should experience the feeling of walking on water at least once, which is why we regularly host FREE surf lessons for our guests at our San Diego Adventure Hostel. Not only do guests avoid the hassles of beach parking, they join a lively group of other travelers to share in the experience.
At ITH, we believe that experiences are best when shared with others, which is why we developed a community atmosphere, including complimentary shared meals and daily activities. Check out what other adventures we take our guests on!
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