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Del Mar Shores Reef and Surf


The Reef:

At Del Mar Shores, there is a combination  of sand and reefs that are under the waters. The reefs aren't very intense or rough but they are there and at a low tide, they can get pretty close to the surface of the water so be careful when surfing at those low tides.

Along the coastline, there are jagged rocks that can easily be a cause of a bad day so make sure to be careful and watch where you end up on a wave.

The sandy bottoms can create some amazing sandbars which provide some awesome waves that peel toward the sandy beach. Even in these mostly sandy beaches, there might be the occasional rock or two in the lineup

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Looking south from Del Mar Shores

The Surf:

Best Tide: Low to Medium tide is best but a High tide can also help a growing swell at the Shores.

Best Swell Directing: West and Northwest swells but during the Summer months, a clean Southwest swell can lead to some awesome waves along this beach.

Best Winds: No wind is best but if any, a East wind will do wonders.

Best Size: Anywhere from 2 - 6 feet.

Best Months to Catch it Going Off: The Winter months are best but awesome surf can still be found in the summer.


The surf at Del Mar Shores can range from 2 foot slope on a bad day to 5 foot barrels on the perfect day. The key is to know what conditions and swells make this break really fire. Del Mar Shores is a pretty West facing break which means it's open to both Northwest and Southwest swells to provide that surf that we all are looking for. However due to it's location, the winds at Del Mar Shores can have a huge impact on the conditions around this beach.

Make sure to check the surf before making the journey down to the beach.



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