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Surfing in California

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Surfing in California

I am going to California for a surf trip in April, but am having trouble narrowing down the best spot. I am an intermediate surfer, and hope to stay close to the surf. Where is the best surf in California in April? I will rent a car, so will be able to drive around a bit, but prefer not to use it if I can. From my research it looks like Huntington beach is good but very busy. Zuma Beach looks good, but with limited places to stay in my price range. It sounnds like Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach are hit and miss at this time of year. Is this correct? Am I missing a better surf spot? I am only flying in for three days so don't to travel far from the airport. Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Surfing in California

I take it you want to surf in Southern California? Are you flying into LAX? California is huge, so the possibilities are endless!

In the LA area, many people like to go surfing in nearby Orange County. Huntington Beach is popular, definitely, but don't overlook a place like San Clemente further to the south. If you head down to San Diego, you might want to try the beaches in Encinitas.

I recommend posting on specific forums (e.g., Los Angeles and San Diego) for more refined recommendations. Although I grew up in San Diego, I don't surf, so I don't know the exact best spots for intermediate surfers at that time of year. The people on these forums will be able to give you tips for minimizing driving, too, but I doubt you will be able to get out of driving to the beach since you'll have a surfboard with you.

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2. Re: Surfing in California

I don't know for sure, but Santa Cruz, in Northern California, might work. There are lots of accommodations across from the beach. Wetsuits are required, though, and weather will be cooler than in Southern California.

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