(Of course we strongly recommend surf lessons to make the process easier.)
But surfing in San Diego can be made that much harder by choosing the wrong place to go, and so much easier by choosing the best place to surf in San Diego.
We strongly recommend learning to surf in San Diego at La Jolla Shores. Here's why:
Every time we cruise by Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and Ocean Beach, we watch beginner surfers struggling on the fast, close out waves. In general the waves at these beaches all break in big sections, called "close out waves". This means the whole wave face crashes at once leading to steep drop ins and very little time and room to surf.
|A "close out wave", found along most of San Diego's coast, leads to steep drop ins and very little to surf.|
|Long board waves at La Jolla Shores are gentler and easier for beginner surfers.|
Learn more about learning to surf in San Diego at menehunesurf.com
"Close Out" Mike Baird:Flickr:CreativeCommons
"Long Board Wave" SurfCRS:Flickr:CreativeCommons