Solana Beach Reef and Surf
Under the breaking waves
of Solana beach, there is mostly soft sandbars and subtle
rocks. However, every once in a while after or during a
large swell, this sand can be moved around a lot and cause
new rocks to surface and be a possible danger to surfer's in
the water. If you've never surfed Solana before, make sure
to paddle out and try to take as much note as possible of
your surroundings both above and under the water.
Looking down the San Diego
coast from Solana beach
Tide: A low to medium tide is best.
Swell Directing: South and Southwest swells make the
cove rock but strong Northwest swells can also pump!
Winds: No wind is best but if any, a East wind will do
Size: Anywhere from 2 - 6 feet. When the surf gets over
6 feet, be careful of currents and rip tides.
Months to Catch it Going Off: All Summer long and make
sure to stop by during the winter to catch it firing with
little to no crowd!
Make sure to watch for
strong rip currents when the waves get over 4 feet or so.
Due to the fact that the wave energy has no where to despite
but on the beach, that energy needs to return to the sea
which cause rip currents. Make sure to know what to do if
you do get caught in one and don't hesitate to call a
lifeguard if you end up in some trouble, that is what they
are there for.
The sandbars and small
reefs about Solana can offer up some awesome rights and
lefts with the right conditions so make sure to keep that in
mind before checking the surf. Solana will be best with no
wind as due to the fact it faces South so when the dreaded
South wind does kick up, it will turn all of the waves into
Just North of the actual
cove, there are a few really fun reefs that not a lot of
people know about. In fact, I've had a few really fun
barrels along the inside section of these fast and rampy
waves. Make sure to check the surf all along this section of
coast before just paddling out to optimize your session!
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