It can get a little crowded at Cardiff Reef,
the world class surf spot in Northern San Diego County. And there
can be a local attitude for the disrespectful. But with the right
approach, on a day that's not jammed with kooks, it's a great break.
Located at the outfall of one of the local
lagoons, this rocky reef can handle anything from one foot to ten.
Lefts and rights stand up quickly and peel off the bottom for a sometimes
elevator shaft drop. When the state of California pumps sand in,
there's a nice beach. But winter storms can denude the place,
leaving an uncomfortable cobbled trek into the water and those little
stones can crack your glass when you least want it.
There are often professional surfers here and when they paddle out, just
sit back and enjoy the show.