Rockaway Reviews and Ratings
(California – San Mateo, USA)
Visitor reviews of Rockaway surf break
September 28, 2012
Scooter Knott. from United States
Sicki right with occasional lefts. Look out for two blond guys that rip and scream at every wave they're on. There's also an older nut job who wears seaweed as a scarf and drops in on huge close outs. Experts only on this wave. I've seen many boards get destroyed here.
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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: 3.5
(1: Rockaway is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 3.0
(1: Rockaway is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in California - San Mateo. 5: the best break in California - San Mateo).
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: Rockaway can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 3.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Rockaway, 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 Rockaway are often excellent).
Water Quality: 2.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Rockaway is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Rockaway 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: 4.0
(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 Rockaway for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Rockaway 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: Rockaway 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 Rockaway, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Rockaway where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
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