With forty-two miles of coastline, there are plenty of beaches to choose from in the OC, but a select few are sure to become your favorite the next time you paddle out. Here are the top surf destinations in Orange County.
Trestle Beach in South Orange County
Located at the southern portion of Orange County, Trestles is home to some of the best surf spots in the area. Lower, Upper and Middle Trestles are frequently visited by experienced surfers who enjoy powerful waves. With its world-class quality of waves, Lower Trestles holds a professional surfing contest each year along with National Scholastic Surfing Association Nationals. As the local favorite, Trestles could be a little crowded, but if you are nice and respectful to other surfers, you will definitely enjoy your time on their waves.
T-Street Beach in San Clemente
Located just south of the San Clemente Pier, T-Street is friendly to surfers of all kinds. T-Street gets its name from a “T” shaped pedestrian overpass that allows foot traffic to cross the railroad tracks in a safe way. The San Clemente High School Surf Team practice here during winter months to maintain their position as one of the best high school surf teams in the nation. Because surfing is a popular sport here, T-Street is blackballed between the hours of nine in the morning and six at night in the summer, meaning only swimming and boogie boarding is allowed during that time. T-Street’s distant reef has a consistent frequency that is enjoyable for all levels of surfing.
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Doheny Beach in Dana Point
Located in the city Dana Point, Doheny Beach has great surfing at its northern end. Doheny is the prime spot for beginner surfers or for those who are looking to catch a more gentle wave. This surf spot is best for long-boarding and promises to give some of the longest rides in the OC.
Brooks Street in Laguna Beach
Brooks Street is a local favorite in Laguna Beach. The south swells attract many experienced surfers and provide powerful waves that start breaking out at the reef. Low tides could expose sharp rocks and surfers should use caution when paddling out and know how to surf a rocky bottom. Brooks Street is home to the oldest surf competition in the world. The Brooks Street Surfing Classic was started over seventy years ago and holds the title of the world’s longest running surf contest.
The Wedge in Newport Beach
Located at the east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, The Wedge is a local favorite for bodyboarding, surfing,, skimboarding and bodysurfing. The wedge-shaped waves are a result of the rock jetty that lies on the west portion of Newport Harbor. The hollow waves could even be very large and unpredictable for experienced surfers. Waves reflected off the jetty meet up with the incoming waves and make them several feet larger than those in surrounding surf areas. The Wedge is blackballed between the hours of ten in the morning and five in the afternoon from May through October. This makes it a bodyboarding hotspot during summer months.
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