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Featured Events

Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
May
23
2014

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

May. 23-May. 25
The 5th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed…more
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Apr 16, 2014
- Dec 31, 2014

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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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