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Featured Events

Jul
23
2014

Carmel Bach Festival

Jul. 19-Aug. 2
The Carmel Bach Festival has a 75-year history of artistic excellence and community…more
Jul
23
2014

Feast of Lanterns

Jul. 23-Jul. 27
For over one hundred years the citizens of Pacific Grove have celebrated its…more
Jul
27
2014

Moss Landing Antique Fair

Jul. 27
Moss Landing becomes the antique capital of the world the last Sunday of July.…more
Aug
2
2014

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Aug. 2
The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established…more
Aug
11
2014

Monterey Auto Week

Aug. 11-Aug. 17
Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Auto Week and…more
Aug
12
2014

Concours On The Avenue

Aug. 12
Sixth Annual Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours On The Avenue......Carmel's world famous…more
Aug
14
2014

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Aug. 14-Aug. 17
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey…more
Aug
15
2014

Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally

Aug. 15
The colorful 20th Annual Pacific Grove Concourse Auto Rally will be held on Friday,…more
Aug
16
2014

Concorso Italiano

Aug. 16
A celebration of Italian style, featuring the most spectacular display of Italian…more
Aug
17
2014

Concours d'Elegance

Aug. 17
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique pre-war and post-war cars,…more
Aug
22
2014

Sand City West End Celebration

Aug. 22-Aug. 24
The streets of Sand City come alive for the West End Celebration! Sand City is…more
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Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

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Apr 16, 2014
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Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

Stonepine Estate
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Equestrian Encounter

Stonepine Estate
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Surfing at Marina State Beach

Surfing at Marina State Beach

Surfing

The Monterey Bay coastline is a popular destination for surfing. Because of its twists and turns, there is a section of beach that faces literally every direction of the compass. For surfers, this means that at any time of the year, there's at least one beach in Monterey County with great surf.

Surfing Monterey Bay: Insider Tips.

Jeano Abraham of South Bay Surfriders has been surfing in the area for over four decades and has the following advice on what to wear, as well as his favorite surfing spots.

What to Bring

Monterey's climate is mild throughout the year, and Monterey Bay's waters are chilly year-round. "You will need a wet suit year-round if you plan on spending an hour or so in the water," Abraham cautions.

Advice for Beginners

"Don't just assume that you can surf where all the other surfers are," Abraham says. "They may be a group of intermediate or advanced surfers." Don't be afraid to ask locals for advice, he adds. "If you're not sure about surfing a spot, ask a surfer on the beach. They can point out a more gentle peak nearby." Although no surfer is likely to give up information on his favorite, secret surfing spot, "most locals will help guide a novice to a safe beach on a particular day," he says.

Where to Go

"Generally speaking," Abraham says, "waves in Monterey are too big and the coastline too rocky to ride from Lovers Point to Big Sur, unless you are an advanced or expert surfer." However, beginners are in luck. "The safest place for beginners to try their hand at surfing is at Del Monte Beach, where most of the year the waves roll gently to shore in fairly shallow water."

For the surfer looking for reliable waves, Abraham says, "the beach that breaks most often is Asilomar Beach. This beach is in the open ocean, however, and should be surfed only when the waves are less than waist-high." Abraham gives other cautions, as well: "Watch out for riptides near the road and a few clusters of submerged rocks."

Another intermediate-to-advanced beach that Abraham recommends: "Carmel Beach is fairly well protected from the open ocean, but the riptides here have taken many lives over the years during big winter swells. Surf here only when less than waist-high."

Other popular beaches for surfing include local favorites Marina State Beach, Moss Landing and the beach at Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur.

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