Ocean Beach Reviews and Ratings
(California – Marin County, USA)
Visitor reviews of Ocean Beach surf break
April 24, 2010
Max from United States
Ocean Beach is the Mother of the coast. She can be sweet or bitchy or, on a rising swell, like a mother bear who is pissed you were messing with her cubs. Experienced surfer only, otherwise go to Pathetica down the road or up around the corner. Generally rolling push more than hollow, with the thick throwing lip behind. So fast it is hard to slow down. On big days stay high on take off for barrel or to have a slower drop then swing back and down to the pit under control. Sometimes stacks a wall for the all time screamer. Urban crowd not that aggro; nothing like giving someone crap on the beach only to be slapped back to shore on the paddle out or caught inside by the death bomb. Standard respect is fine. Solid dreams. Good luck
Ocean Beach Ratings
Based on 2 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 4.0
(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: 3.5
(1: Ocean Beach is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 4.0
(1: Ocean Beach is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in California - Marin County. 5: the best break in California - Marin County).
Difficulty Level: 4.0
(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: Ocean Beach can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 3.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Ocean Beach, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Ocean Beach are often excellent).
Water Quality: 2.5
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Ocean Beach is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Ocean Beach 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: 2.0
(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 Ocean Beach for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Ocean Beach 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: Ocean Beach is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 5.0
(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 Ocean Beach, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Ocean Beach where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
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