Posted 26 March 2010   California, Dana Point, Spots, USA


  • WAVE TYPE: Little whitewash reforms.  Occasionally there will be a weak sider on the south end of the beach.
  • SWELL SIZE: 1′ – 3’+
  • BEST TIDES: High tide.
  • 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, Summer and Spring are usually best.
  • ACCESS/PARKING: A huge free parking lot at the top with 3 different stairs to access the beach.
  • BLACKBALL: Restricted to surf/swim zones in the summer.

COMMENTS: My home beach for skimming is Strands in Dana Point. This beach was were I learned how to skimboard. Since the waves change so much, the beach can be flat with a constant layer of thin water allowing you to practice tricks and then it changes over night to a steep cut up beach which allows you to catch some waves. In addition this beach is pretty long allowing you to change location on the same beach and have different shore break styles.

During the summer the beach can packed with tons of people at the shore, making you have only a small area near the far right lifeguard stand on the small jetty. Right when high school starts up the beach is usually empty with barely anyone there allowing you to have the whole beach.

To get to Strands all you need to do is go on Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) to the street Selva make a right (if heading south) or a left (if heading north). There is a street on your right called Dana Strands the stair to the beach are at the end of that street. To park you can park on the street or in the parking lot which is the next right after Dana Strands.
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