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Ideal Rincon Surf Conditions

Swell Direction

W, WSW, and WNW with swell period less than 15 seconds

Wind

N, NE

Surf Height

head-high to double overhead

Tide

low

Rincon Surf Guide

Known as the "Queen of the Coast", Rincon is one of the best waves on the planet. A classic California pointbreak, Rincon is actually the product of a rivermouth that has groomed the point over millions of years. If you can luck into a set off the Indicator, race through the section that runs across the Rivermouth, connect it to the Cove and carve to the freeway (a total distance of about 300 yards), you've completed the iditarod of pointbreak surfing. As its location is right off the highway, Rincon is notoriously crowded with more than 150 people out on nearly every good swell. Furthest out the point, the Indicator is where the marathon women and men pull out their longer boards, sit out at the top of the point and try to go the distance. The Rivermouth is an unpredictable, sometimes polluted, sometimes ultra-hollow section that links the Indicator to the Cove. The Cove is the last flawless section that starts halfway up the point and funnels onto the rocks lining Highway 101. The wave usually sections in various areas offering a number of takeoff spots depending on the swell. Many long-period WNW swells are sucked into Pt. Conception, and even though Ventura to the south may be pumping, Rincon will be smaller until the swell period drops below 16 seconds or the swell shifts more from the west-southwest.

Ability Level

Intermediate - Advanced

BegIntAdv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

WelcomingIntimidating

Usually light, sometimes moderate.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

MellowHeavy

Heavy.

Spot Rating

Perfect

PoorPerfect

Arguably the best pointbreak in California.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

LightExhausting

No shortage of work when it is on.

Water Quality

Fair

CleanDirty

Pretty average most days but can be toxic if the Creek is running after a big rain.

Hazards

The crowd, parking lot rip-offs, drop-ins.

Bring Your

Shortboard, Fish, Funboard, Longboard, Bodyboard, Bodysurfing

Access

Easy, park in the north or south lots for free.

Bottom

Cobblestone

Best Season

October-February