Where it all begins for most SoCal surfers: San Onofre state park.
Many breaks have existed within this historic state park’s 3.5 mile expanse for over 40 years. Even today surf nostalgia still thrives through old Woody cars, VW buses and logs with big D fins that hang out of any vehicle’s trunk or window. This spot continues to harbor perfect waves for the novice, great nose rides for longboarders, a spot dedicated to Stand Up Paddleboarders and, when the swell is big enough, a nice left-handed point break for short boarders. Anyone and everyone are welcome at SanO!
What the Locals say:
“I like SanO cause there are a few different breaks and its spread out,” said local Heather Ritts. “I can easily walk to Church and it’s a great place to just hang out all day. I can take a nine foot single fin or a 6 foot fat quad depending on the day. I think we all wish that is was less crowded.”
Bobby Hasbrook and Terry Senate get ready to surf Old Man’s at SanO.
Highlights: Very beginner friendly, old guys rule t-shirts, ukuleles, bonfires, Aloha vibe, buried whales, occasional white shark sighting, bocce ball, summertime lines to get into SanO can become longer than a Star Wars movie premier
Peaks: Trails 1-6, Dog Patch, Old Man’s, Four Doors, The Point