La Jolla is one of the best places to surf along the Southern California coast. Our community offers three main spots: Black’s Beach, WindanSea, and Bird Rock.
The best La Jolla surf spot for learning is La Jolla Shores – quality waves can be found near Scripps Pier and get smaller to the south toward the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.
Winter offers bigger, more consistent and challenging La Jolla surf. From October to April, a wetsuit is pretty much required. Summer swells are smaller and the water is sometimes warm enough for surf trunks. Locals call it warm when the water is over 70 degrees. Occasionally during summer, swells from the south can get large and present a challenge. Remember, when it comes to waves the bigger, the better.
Wind is better in the morning, but many afternoons can also have favorable winds. Winds that blow out to sea or offshore are the best. No wind is the best wind. Glassy days make paddling and surfing as easy as possible.
The best of all days are when a far-travelled swell hits during a sunny offshore period when tides are favorable.
A crowd can take the fun out of a good session. It’s always nice to paddle out and get a few waves when it’s not crowded. Really early on cold weekday winter mornings can be a good call. By late morning most surfers who have jobs are gone – in La Jolla that is many. If it’s really good they will all be back later.