SURFING HOT SPOTS IN THE OC
Surfing is an iconic part of The OC lifestyle.
With 48 miles of coastline and some of the best surf breaks in the world, it should come as no surprise that surfing is an iconic part of The OC lifestyle. Home to “Surf City USA,” Orange County’s storied history with California’s official sport dates back to the early 1900s. Since then, The OC has become an undeniable cultural center for surfers and fans of the sport.
If you’re looking to catch a wave in one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world, look no further than this list of surfing hot spots in Orange County.
Known internationally as “Surf City USA,” Huntington Beach is regarded as one of the most important surfing cities in the United States. Surfing’s impact on the city’s culture is seen all around from the International Surf Museum to the iconic life-sized statue of legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku. The Surfing Walk of Fame, located in front of Jack’s Surfboards, has a walkway of engraved granite stones in honor of the top surfers, and the footprints and handprints of legendary local surfers are immortalized at the Surfing Hall of Fame at Huntington Surf and Sport.
Huntington Beach has five beaches on 10 miles of coastline with options for surfers at every skill level. Both the north and south sides of the famous pier almost always have great waves, but if you’re looking to find emptier peaks, check out Bolsa Chica State Beach. Huntington Beach also offers plenty of group and individual surf lessons for beginners.
If you’re a skilled surfer looking for a killer surf spot -or fan who loves to watch surfers do their thing – look no further than The Wedge in Newport Beach. This famous break is known for having the biggest swell in Southern California where 20-foot waves are a common occurrence. It’s truly a sight to see! Newport Beach offers many other great options along its eight-mile coastline. And visitors need not worry—the locals are warm and welcoming. You won’t find any surfer attitude here, only laid-back vibes and awesome swells.
New surfers will especially love Laguna Beach. Its many cove beaches offer lots of small, intermediate waves that provide a great opportunity to work on getting the perfect stance. Popular surfing spots in Laguna include St. Ann’s Beach, which is a perfect spot for all ages, as well as Brook’s Street Beach, home to larger waves for those who are more experienced. If you’re looking for surfing lessons, head over to La Vida Laguna or Laguna Surf and Sport, Laguna Beach’s oldest surf shop.
Known as the birthplace of U.S. surf culture, Dana Point offers world-class surfing options for beginners, intermediate surfers, and experts. Doheny State Beach, California’s first state beach, is a perfect spot for beginner surfers. The longer waves at San Onofre State Beach are perfect for longboarders. Salt Creek, a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, has good vibes and even better swells. Surfers who are more experienced will especially enjoy Salt Creek thanks to its wilder breaks.