Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is a long stretch of sand with plenty of room to spread out from the more crowded areas. Summertime traffic on PCH can be a problem here. I have spent a lot of time stuck in this traffic myself when I lived in the area, and that was 16 years ago. I can't imagine that it has gotten any better. Just go early on a warm summer day.

There are a few distinct surf areas depending on your preference and crowd tolerance.

Girl with surfboard checking out the surf at Huntington Pier

  • Huntington Cliffs - North of Huntington Pier. Best on a low tide and west to southwest swells. Generally more gentle than the pier except on a long period west swell which can really focus here. Metered parking along PCH.
  • Huntington Pier - The center of "Surf City". Very crowded and consistent on both sides of the pier. North side can handle larger swells. Can work on all tides, but shoot for medium. Metered parking on Huntington St, Beach Blvd, and First St. Handles the onshore flow a little more than surrounding areas but the masses will be there. Crowds drop off away from the pier.
  • Huntington State Beach - Two miles of beachbreak. Best on smaller swells and generally not as good as the pier, but less crowded. Good on crossed up swells in the morning before the it blows out in the afternoon.

A little something for everybody here. You can also head to ultra-crowded Newport Beach to the south or less crowded Bolsa Chica to the north. Also be sure to check out the International Surfing Museum.

Camping is a good way to go for accomodations, and Family Vacation Getaways has tons of information on nearby campgrounds.

Wave Breaking on the North side of Huntington Pier.

Wave breaking on the north side of Huntington Pier.

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Punked by Dewey Weber. 
It was the summer of 1963, I had just learned to surf with out killing myself. I lived at Vandenberg Village near the Airforce base and went to Lompoc …

Locals After Dark 
To bad the H.B. pier broke apart back in the 80's. Huntington Beach pier at night used to be the bomb. 10' to 12' glassy, bright lights with about a 50 …

Richard Payne 
Richard enjoys shaping boards in his spare time, and has quite a following around the pier, down here in Huntington Beach. One of the things he likes most …

Danny Misken 
Off of HB Pier, sometime last June.

Too many local Kooks 
The pier can be a great place to surf, just be aware there are numerous locals surfing the pier area that think the waves are only for them. If your alone …

Joey hard-ass Nickerson Not rated yet
Growing up in the late 70's seeing all the 50's and 60's guy's was epic. Back then surfing was all pure and soul. Even if you weren't rippi'n it up just …

Head stand Not rated yet
Huntington Beach 7/11/2010 from the pier.

Looking through the Skylight Not rated yet
HB Surf Photos took this of HB Locals Union Member during their last meeting of the membership at large. Tim O'Toole the Sergeant of Arms presiding.

Fun day southside HB Pier Not rated yet
This was taken from the Huntington Beach Pier on Jan 2009. Morning session. Nice cutback.

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