Linda Mar Reviews and Ratings
(San Mateo, USA)
Visitor reviews of Linda Mar surf break
June 03, 2013
Maxim from United States
The biggest advantage of this break is that there are rentals right next to the beach and there are a couple of surfing schools nearby. However, this is only advantage if you are newbie :)
It is also usually more sunny than nearby spots.
Surf is pretty inconsistent though.
Linda Mar Ratings
Based on 4 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 3.0
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
(1: Linda Mar is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 3.5
(1: Linda Mar is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in San Mateo. 5: the best break in San Mateo).
Difficulty Level: 1.2
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 3.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Linda Mar can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 3.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Linda Mar, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Linda Mar are often excellent).
Water Quality: 3.5
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Linda Mar is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Linda Mar requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 4.3
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Linda Mar for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Linda Mar is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Linda Mar is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 4.7
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Linda Mar, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Linda Mar where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).