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Oceanside Pier Reef and Surf

The Reef:

Under the water in the Oceanside area it is mostly sand with the occasional rock or two. The sand does move a lot when there is a swell breaking upon the shores so make sure to take caution for sandbars and deep holes to fall into. Other then those couple hazards, Oceanside can offer some awesome waves with the right swell and conditions.

The Surf:

Best Tide: Low to Medium tides are the best for these Oceanside beaches.

Best Swell Directing: Because of the direction of these beaches, almost any swell direction can get in here and create some good waves. West and Northwest provide clean and strong lines while South and Southwest swells can provide very rampy and fun waves.

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

Best Size: Anywhere from 2 - 6 feet can lead to ideal surf.

Best Months to Catch it Going Off: Pretty much year around depending on the swell and conditions.


The surf at Oceanside Pier and pretty much all along this portion of Oceanside can be very inconsistent but when it's pumping, get ready for some awesome waves! The longer the swell periods are, the cleaner and more consistent the waves will be at these beach breaks. Remember that these sandbars will shift and move around so keep your eyes open for the best looking peak around you.

I have had a few very close calls around the pier so if you are surfing near the pier itself, take extreme caution because the currents and rip tides in this area can be extremely strong and powerful. It's not a good idea to surf near there and I am in no way condoning that activity but make sure you know what you are doing if you decide to catch some of the lefts and rights breaking around the pier.

A small flat day o surf at the Oceanside Pier

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