SURFING IN Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Yes Half Moon Bay is home to the famous Mavericks monster wave and No you should not try it. That said, there are some great surf spots in and around Mavericks which are well worth checking out...and it's only a short hourish drive here from San Francisco.
Break Type: Beach
Gear: Thick Wetsuit (Hood, Gloves, Boots seasonally)
Ambience: Minimal crowds. Rocky beach at jetty.
Main Surf Spot: Surfers Beach
Link to current conditions: Surfline
Public Parking: Yes. Parking Located Here
Public Showers: No.
Public Restrooms: No.
Transportation: Need a car.
Nearest Airport: San Francisco (SFO)
Alternative Surf Spots
Ross Cove is close by but much more exposed to the open ocean and strong currents. Best on a day when there is little wind. To access this spot, park here and then follow the trail (not the road heading uphill) around the point to the beach.
Dunes Beach is a beautiful mile-long beach with great sand and decent waves. Your non-surfing companions will love this location the most for sure!
Montara State Beach is a nice sandy beach just a few miles outside of the main town. Often, you can find sun here on a summer day when the fog tends too linger over Half Moon Bay.