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Seaside Reef and Surf

The Reef:

The reefs at Seaside are subtle and not too dangerous at they are there. The reefs consist of large rocks that are either grouped together or formed over time and usually they are nothing to be worried about. However, every once in a while, some of these rocks can have barnacles and other dangers growing on them which can definitely take a gash out of a foot or board. The inside section at Seaside is mostly sand with the occasional rock or two but they can be easily avoided as you paddle out.

Most of the reefs and rocks are covered in sea grass and natural molds but every once in a while, there will be a surprise waiting to get you. I recommend for the inexperienced surfer to wear booties or stick to the inside section. For the seasoned surfer, watch our fins and feet if you go down and everything should be fine.

The Surf:

Best Tide: A medium tide is best for Seaside, however if the surf is large enough, a high tide can create some great waves on these reefs.

Best Swell Directing: West and Northwest swells but the occasional Southwest can also pump.

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

Best Size: Anywhere from 2 - 10 feet. When the surf gets over 6 feet, be careful of currents and rip tides.

Best Months to Catch it Going Off: From September to April can be awesome but the summer months can also provide a great day of surf at Seaside.


The surf at Seaside can be confusing but extremely fun. There are several peaks around this break but there is one main peak that breaks when the surf gets over 4 feet. The waves hit the outside point and come peeling into the inside section where the wave tends to jack up and become a very steep wall and with the right conditions, expect some barrel time! The left off of the main peak is the wave to watch and get on when it's good, this left has great potential and is a fun, fast and awesome wave to surf.

During low tides the inside section can become very shallow and caution should be taken when surfing through there. Some of the rocks in there aren't friendly and could definitely ruin a day.

When the surf is smaller and not very powerful, there are several peaks that can put out some very fun waves and I recommend watching the surf for a few minutes before paddling out so you can find the peak you want to surf without paddling circles in the water.

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