|Known best for local sand dunes
and clams, Pismo Beach has some excellent surf.
When the California
coast was flat from San Diego to San Simeon, the sand bars built up on
each side of the pier created small but fun waves. The attitude here
was friendly and locals were willing to share with visitors who show
respect for their break.
Hot surfers such as Daniel Wilson can be seen getting amazing nose
rides, even in semi-blownout conditions. His friends Elizabeth
Malcom and Ashley Torrez show signs of future stardom.
The break is gentle in a moderate swell and locals say it hits hard in
winter northwesterns. Summer southwesterns provide decent waves.
Two surprising finds: a great cafe for breakfast after a heavy session
and a full-service surf shop, both less than a block from the pier.
Pierside Seafood Galley was a surprise. Great prices for a lot of
food. Their 15 oz. ham steak for breakfast with potatoes, eggs and
toast was far more than all but the heartiest appetites can handle.
It's almost two for one with their portions. They understand surfers
at this eatery. That may be because it's right of the top of the
stairs up from the beach.
Pancho's Surf Shop is just a few doors down the street. Need a
leash? A board? Baggies? It's all there and a lot more.
Pismo is a lot of fun. Try it when you're wending your way along
the Central California coast.