Surfing in San Clemente California Beaches
Surf in San Clemente
Beginner or pro, San Clemente is a great spot to surf if you are experienced, or just looking to try it out for the first time. There is no shortage of beaches to choose from and there are plenty of spots that are great for people who have never surfed before. San Onofre, home of surf spots like "old man's", is well-known among Northern and Southern Californians as one of the best places to learn to surf. San Onofre waves tend to be lower and slow moving making it a great spot to give surfing your first shot. This doesn't mean that other beaches are not good spots to try out surfing though. T-Street is another well known spot that is not tremendously difficult to surf. San Clemente Pier is another good spot to try out, and is generally patrolled by lifeguards during the summer.
surfboard rental san clemente
Here are some the top places for surfboard and wetsuit rentals in San Clemente. Rentals for a board for the day usually costs $20-$40, and wetsuits can be rented for the day for about $15-$20. Bodyboards are also available at most shops, and are inexpensive to rent.
BC Surf Shop
222 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
216 Calle de Los Molinos
San Clemente, CA 92672
Trying Surfing for the First Time
Basics of Surfing Video
Here is a good video that shows the basics of surfing. It is highly recommended to take a lesson if you have never surfed before. Taking a 1 hour lesson will be worth the money and your time. It will teach you the basics of a pop-up and safety in the water. If you get started with the proper fundamentals you will be way more successful and enjoy your time surfing much more.
- The nose of your board should always be moving into the wave and be perpendicular to the wave and the shore. Never maneuver your board parallel to the beach and waves.
- Your toes should be at the tail of the board when paddling
- A pop-up is called your pop-up for a reason. The slower you stand up on the board, the more difficult it is.
- Push up from the board with your hands flat on the deck, right at the sides of your body, don't grab onto the sides of the board.
- Your front foot should land where your heart is, back foot should be near the tail
- Always stand in the center of the board
- If you sink off the back - you are standing too far backwards on the board
- If you nose dive your board - use a wider stance and move backwards on the board
Is there Danger of Sharks or Injury?
If you are worried about sharks, you need to stop watching movies. The likelihood of being attacked by a shark is almost 0. If you believe sharks are going to attack, you might as well start buying lottery tickets, you'd have a better chance of being a winner. Sharks are large creatures that are not going to be found in cold, shallow, and sandy shorelines. If you are a beginner you are not going to be surfing in anything deeper than neck-high water. Top to bottom, a shark couldn't even fit in 8 feet of water. Even in deeper waters shark attacks are rare. If you follow the basics and take your time you will be fine. First timers should definitely take lessons for their first try if they are not able to go surfing with someone who knows what they are doing. Surfing has etiquette and basic safety knowledge that will take the risk of potential injury to almost zero. Surf smart, surf together, and have fun!
- Don't cut people off and respect the experienced surfers
- Pay attention, especially around other people - no one wants to get run over by a board or be cut by a fin
- One wave, one rider
- Have fun!