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1. Posted by AlanC (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone

I will be driving from San Francisco to LA and back again in April, along the Pacific Highway. Can you recommend the best places to stop for surf along the coast?

Also, is there a good resource for finding budget accomodation along the route? I don't fancy too many nights sleeping in the car!

Thanks in advance, Alan

2. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Santa Cruz area south of San Francisco.

Just a little south of LA try Huntington Beach.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Also, consider Malibu (north of LA about 50 km) and Zuma Beach (just about 10 km north of Malibu). Newport Beach (south of LA and next to Huntington Beach) also has good surfing.

If you are interested, Santa Cruz has a surfing museum--and Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz have a big battle going over the use of the term "Surf City". Huntington Beach got a patent to use the phrase, and now sues anyone in Santa Cruz that puts the phrase on any t-shirt, surfboards, or other gear. I've lived in both towns and find the whole lawsuit thing kind of humorous and ridiculous.

4. Posted by coot97 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Alan C-

Between L.A. And S.F there is a plethera of surfing with some sick breaks also some with camping which is going to be your best best for the shoe string traveler. I will just name some famous breaks for you alomg the way and then give you a website that you can do your own reasearch. The site has surf reports and web cams from all over the world so you'll be able to check the surf before you come at each individual break. Surf City HB, The wedge i(s more for body surfing but very famous), hermosa beach, malibu pier, county line, c-street in ventura (long boarders paradise), rincon(famous)..thats about as far north as i surfed but there's a bunch listed on for state parks in which you can camp along the coast. There are also camping along the coast that isn't state parks you will have to search for those. Also you should make some reservations if traveling anywhere close to summer because the sites fill up fast.


[ Edit: Edited on Feb 17, 2007, at 12:14 PM by coot97 ]

5. Posted by WaresWaldo (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just a note: The surf museum in Santa Cruz sucks. The view from the museum is gorgeous though.

Be prepared to wear a wetsuit in Santa Cruz. Also, the local surfers are dicks when it comes to infringing on ¨their surf territory¨. I stopped surfing there because I had so many altercation with jerks. It's all about surfing in Hawaii where everyone is laid back.

6. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Huntington Beach in Orange County.