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Moonlight Reef and Surf



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The Reef:

There is no actual reef at Moonlight but there can occasionally be some rocks in the lineup. The sand below the ocean's surface is often in movement which causes holes, sand shelves and possible rocks under the sand to be exposed. Please take caution any time you enter the ocean due to the fact it is in constant motion and can be change overnight.

As you travel North or South of the Moonlight Beach, more and more rocks begin to turn up, both on the beach and in the surfing lineup. If you decide to walk up or down the beach looking for waves, please make sure to take it easy until you are comfortable with the surroundings under water.

A beautiful sunset at Moonlight Beach

The Surf:

Best Tide: Low to Medium but a High tide doesn't totally ruin Moonlight beach.

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

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

Best Size: Anywhere from 2 - 8 feet. Moonlight becomes very hectic to surf with size over 8 feet.

Best Months to Catch it Going Off: Moonlight is fun year around but will be at their best during the Winter months and occasionally during the Summer.


I'm sure all of us have surfed a bad beach break at least once in out lives. One of those beach breaks where no matter where you turn, there is no where to go but straight in toward the beach. Well, Moonlight is not one of those waves. Moonlight has some awesome waves ot surf and there is no doubt that the comfort of this beach is a plus!

In front of the South Lifeguard tower, there is a break that is often very shapely and consistent on a good South swell, it breaks just south of the Tower and can also be accessed by the D Street Beach Access. This break is primarily a left and can often hold shape all the way to the beach. I have seen this break about head high, offshore winds and almost no one was in the water. Trust me, I was out there and it was an awesome days of surfing!

A clean right at Moonlight beach

In front of the Moonlight Beach, there are several small points that break and with the correct sand movements, there can be some awesome A-frame waves peeling off of these points. Just as the same as all beach breaks, the spot is only as good as the conditions and conditions of the sand and rocks underneath the water. The sandbars at Moonlight seem to shift a lot as the peaks often move around from week to week, so be sure to check the surf out before you paddle out to optimize your session.

*Please note that during the Summer months, the beach straight in front of the beach at Moonlight is black balled for surfing and only swimming, body boarding and bodysurfing are allowed. Surfing is only allowed North and South of the checkered flags that are displayed on the beach. Please be careful even when surfing outside the checkered flags to not drift into the black balled area, as the Lifeguards will get on their loudspeakers and let you know.

During the Winter months, the entire beach is open to surfing but please still be careful of other people enjoying our beautiful Pacific Ocean.

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