Seaside Reef and Surf
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
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.
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.
Swell Directing: West and Northwest swells but the
occasional Southwest can also pump.
Winds: No wind is best but if any, a East wind will do
Size: Anywhere from 2 - 10 feet. When the surf gets over
6 feet, be careful of currents and rip tides.
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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