If you feel like some fun hitting the waves, you’ll want to head to one of the following beaches in California; with the good weather and great waves, they’re some of the most popular surfing areas in the world!
Huntington Beach: Home to the Huntington Beach Surf Series, many pro surfers call this their home. Located in Orange County (the real OC!) this is probably one of the most popular places to surf in the world. They even have a church in the area just for surfers. Now that’s bringing spiritual to the people!
San Diego: Warm weather and great waves is what you’ll find at San Diego. A large surfing community has sprung up in the San Diego area, and you’ll find many locals are hitting the waves along with the tourists!
Santa Cruz: You’ll have nothing but fun at the beaches of Santa Cruz! For an avid surfer, Santa Cruz is a favorite area to find the best waves.
A lot of surfers, especially those who are more experienced, have preferred conditions in which to surf and so a lot of the more popular beaches have webcams (surf cams) set up facing the waves so that a surfer can go to a website and check out the conditions before they head to the beach. There are also dedicated phone numbers you can call to find out the weather conditions, if you prefer to get your information that way.
If you’re looking to learn how to surf but don’t know where to start, you’ll find that there are many surfing schools all along the beaches of California. The varied selection makes it easy to find one that fits your level of experience and learning style, and your pocketbook. Alternatively you could always just head for the beach and hang out with the surfers to pick up tips!