Today, we wanted to take a look at San Diego and California surfing in March 2015, looking at surf spots to consider and what the chances of catching a decent swell would be. California is without doubt the home of surfing in the United States and many of the spots scattered along its coastline have a deep ingrained place in Americas surf culture history, and San Diego is right at the heart of it.
San Diego has around 70 miles of open ocean coastline and has surf spots to suit every ability and skill level, these include points, reefs, beach break and some waves that even break off of groynes. Although getting to the end of the winter surf window, March is a pretty consistent time of year to score good waves in California, when you will find that the predominant wind and swell both come out of the west and good waves are still arriving regularly.
The average sea temperature around March in California sits between 50ºf and 60ºF depending on how far north or south you are within the state. One thing is for sure, is that you will need a wetsuit to be able to make the most of the surf and we would suggest a decent 4/3 for this time of year. Booties are also advisable to prolong the session, but gloves will probably be a personal choice.
San Diego and California have far too many surf spots to mention but a few to consider would be as follows. For those looking for a mellow beginner or longboarder beach, then we would suggest heading to the fairly protected La Jolla Shores and Del Mar, where crowds can disperse along the beach and the vibe is relaxed. If point breaks are your thing then you should check out Lower Trestles and Swamis (although it can get very crowded at both spots) and Malibu is well worth a look, but again crowds can be wild and manners can be absent here. Notable reef breaks in the area include Cardiff (where Rob Machado cut his teeth) and Garbage Beach at Sunset Cliffs, but on its day this place will be zooed out.
Obviously there are far to many spots scattered along the California coast to mention them all, but we would love to have your input and thoughts on surfing in San Diego and California and please feel free to suggest any other spots you can recommend. Just don’t forget your wetsuit and we hope you get lucky!