Review & Photos by Bill Polick
Coastal cliffs along northern San Diego County's shoreline
offer awesome vistas and great surf the year round. San Elijo is one
of the best breaks in California. From Swami's and Pipes at the
north end to Cardiff Reef and Seaside Reef at the south, the surf breaks on
almost any swell from northwest to southwest.
At extreme low tide you can see why: a nearly-smooth rock reef extends
70-80 yards out from the cliffs. When ground swells hit, they stand up
fast creating a quick, hollow left or right. Steep drops and fast
turns get you to the shoulder and you zip a long way. With the right
tide, even smaller wind swells can kick up decent 1-2 foot waves.