Aliso Skimboarding Spot
Posted 27 March 2010   California, Laguna Beach, Spots, USA


  • WAVE TYPE:  Anywhere from playfull to very powerful shorebreak.  Occasionally it will have a sider working at the south end.
  • SWELL SIZE:  1′ – 8’+
  • BEST TIDES:  Can be good on any tide.  Depends on the sand.
  • SLOPE:  Usually there is a steep slope on at least one side of the beach.  Big souths result in the steepest slopes on the south side of the beach in the summer/fall.
  • BEST SEASON:  Breaks year round.  Fall and Spring are usually best.  Breaks well in the summer and even winter at times.
  • ACCESS/PARKING:  Two giant parking lots only fill up on weekends during the summer.  Pay for a pass at the machines.  Free parking on PCH if you can find it.
  • BLACKBALL:  Restricted to skimboarding zone during the summer months.

COMMENTS:  One of the best skimming spots in Laguna Beach (and perhaps the world) is Aliso. Aliso is best known for its powerful shore break, however Aliso also has two inconsistent sidewashes. One at the south end and one at the north end (Treasure Island). If you do travel to Aliso, however, do not expect to be riding sidewash. It doesn’t happen very often and when it does it is very crowded. Aliso works year round but is usually best in the fall and spring. High tide is usually best in the winter while low tide is usually best in the summer. In the spring and fall it varies a lot, which is one reason why it is a good time to skim there. It catches swells from any direction but usually works best on a south. Aliso is also host to the ‘unofficial’ World Skimboarding Championships every summer.

Aliso is very easy to get to. From the north travel south on Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) past downtown Laguna Beach. You will eventually come to a big dip in the road and on your right will be Aliso. It is marked not only by the only pier (or what is left of it) in but also a sign in front of the parking lots. The nearest major cross street is ‘Wesley’ (it has a stoplight) which is located just to the north of the parking area. Follow the same procedure from the south. Aliso is one of the biggest beaches in Laguna so it shouldn’t be hard to find. Metered parking is available on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway as well as free parking along the hill on the side of Pacific Coast Highway.

As of the winter of 98/99 Aliso pier is gone. It is still very easy to find.

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  1. i love this beach after it rains…mmmmmmm

    Posted by isaac on 04 May 10 at 6:43pm [Reply]
  2. I miss the pier.

    Posted by dk - david klein on 21 March 11 at 2:42am [Reply]
  3. Aliso – just great!

    Posted by world clock on 07 February 12 at 3:56pm [Reply]
  4. If you like Aliso You’ll love Dewey beach DE

    Posted by the dewey devil on 09 May 12 at 10:07am [Reply]
  5. aliso rhymes with chicken, my favorite food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Barry Beckett on 14 May 12 at 7:32am [Reply]

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