Top 3 Beaches to Surf in La Jolla

1.) Black’s Beach

Black’s Beach is a hidden section of beach underneath the cliffs of Torrey Pines, and it is now officially a part of Torrey Pines State Beach. Black’s Beach is probably most known for its reputation as San Diego’s one and only nude beach, even though that’s not allowed in the more southern portion managed by the City of San Diego. Black’s Beach originally got its name from the Black family who had a horse farm that looked over the beach, back in the 1940s. After a while, they sold the property and it was split into various La Jolla Farms lots. The Farms’ population were the only selected people who had access to the Black family’s private road to the beach, which at that time was a very covered up private keepsake. You can still see a lot of these callosal houses today. Watch out for the strangely-shaped “Mushroom House” and its identical replica the next time you’re taking a walk down the beach. The southern part of Black’s Beach is a legendary spot for surfers, known as one of the most intense surf breaks in Southern California. The waves gather up their strength from Scripps Canyon, which is an underwater canyon that’s just offshore in the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park. With that being said, Black’s has become a relatively cautious surf spot and is only advised by very experienced surfers.

2.) Windandsea

There are so many different reef breaks scattered throughout La Jolla, most of which lie preserved for the nicer part of the year only to come to life theatrically on the perfect mixture of swell and tide. La Jolla Cove, for instance, is a quaint deep water beach meant for snorkeling, however once or twice every winter, strong north swell transforms it into a huge left point. Although far from being the best-kept secret, the more unknown breaks around La Jolla and Bird Rock are hard to find, difficult to surf and best left to advanced surfers to discover on their own. Windansea is worth mentioning for it’s literally San Diego’s most vibrant and most surfable break. And of course, it also happens to be one of the most popular and packed beaches in San Diego. Marine Street Beach is a famous shore break seriously meant for bodyboarding and the special brand of body surfing, which is known as womping.

3.) Mission Beach

Mission Beach starts at the entrance to Mission Bay Channel and it comes to an end at the North side of Pacific Beach. During the summertime, Mission Beach brings in huge crowds. It contains two miles of gorgeous coastline and includes a little something for everybody. You can walk along the boardwalk, where biking, walking, skating, biking and all other similar forms of transportation are permitted. You’ll be able to shop around along the Strand, ride a huge roller coaster or take part in a game of beach volleyball. Surfing is allowed at this beach in specific areas. Mission Beach is known as the most popular place in La Jolla to go surfing.

The video below shows some surfing in La Jolla, California.