SURFING IN Pacifica, California, USA
Only a short drive from San Francisco are the rocky and wild shores of Pacifica, CA. Pacifica surf is not for the faint hearted. The wind is usually pretty stiff, the water is always freezing cold, and there are strong rips that will give you more than your fair share of a workout. The good news...there are almost always waves here and the coastline is full of protected coves and beaches so you can pick and choose the surf depending on your surfing abilities and that day's surf conditions.
Break Type: Beach
Gear: Thick Wetsuit (Hood, Gloves, Boots seasonally)
Ambience: Can get crowded. A few fast food joints close to the beach and plenty of eateries in the town..
Main Surf Spot: Linda Mar Beach (Pacifica State Beach)
Link to current conditions: Surfline
Public Parking: Yes. Parking Located Here
Public Showers: Yes same location as parking.
Public Restrooms: Yes same location as parking.
Transportation: Need a car.
Nearest Airport: San Francisco (SFO)
Alternative Surf Spots
Rockaway Beach is close by but much more exposed to rock and strong currents. Best on a day when there is little wind.
Ocean Beach is closer to San Francisco - in fact it's right next to Golden Gate Park, but the conditions here can be really tough with lots of wind and a very strong rip current. Also, there is no way to get to the waves except the long paddle out and plan to get a world-class workout getting through all the crashing jetsam.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pacifica - right on the beach next to Rockaway surf spot.