One of the most popular surfing locations for advanced surfers, the locals refer to it as “The Wedge”. Located at the extreme southeast tip of Newport Beach, The Wedge is known to sport waves up to 20 feet high. Along with surfing, bodysurfing is a popular activity among the locals.
Paired with the amazing surf, The Wedge offers wide, sandy beaches perfect for spending an afternoon soaking up the sun or catching a perfect sunset. If you get lucky, you may spot dolphins swimming off in the distance.
Blackies is a stretch of beach located between the Newport Beach pier and the 28th street jetty. Known for its smaller waves, Blackies is the perfect place for a beginner interested in surfing to hop on a foamie and learn the ropes.
Located next to the pier is Endless Sun Surf School, where people of all ages can take lessons taught by professional surfers. After a long day on the waves, take a stroll along the Newport boardwalk to take advantage of the local restaurants and bars.
Huntington Beach Pier
Huntington Beach is known as the most popular beach for surfing in California. Referred to as “Surf City”, Huntington offers 8.5 miles of coastline for surfers of any skill level. Start at the pier if you want to catch some bigger waves, or head up the coast for smaller, more beginner waves.
Every year, Huntington Beach hosts the Vans US Open of Surfing, the largest surfing competition in the world. Professional surfers from across the world come to Huntington to compete for a spot on the World Surf League. Nearly 500,000 patrons attend yearly to experience the surfing, shops, and restaurants Huntington Beach has to offer.
Brooks St. Beach
Known as the beach for “goofy-foot” surfers, Brooks St. beach, located in Laguna Beach, boasts long and big waves that crash left. Throughout the year, intermediate and advanced surfers spend hours out on the waves. Although this isn’t a beach for beginners, many locals and tourists will spend days watching the surfers while enjoying the beach.
The Brooks St. Classic is a surfing competition held annually every summer. It is said to be the longest-running surf competition in history. During the competition, people from all over come to watch the athletes and explore the beautiful art town of Laguna Beach.