Surfers Guide To Beacons Beach
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Beacon's Beach is a
great place to surf.
The wave: Wave
surfing at Beacon's is perfect for improving your
patience. Scientific studies show the mean period
between waves, on good days, is about 55 minutes -
giving you a chance to reflect on how much free time you
have in your life and anticipate the arrival of the next
wave, with a few hundred of your best friends.
Another advantage to
surfing Beacon's is you can improve your interpersonal
skills as this is the only peak in a 20 mile stretch and
it is always crowded. You can make a lot of friends due
to the close proximity to other wave riders. Locals love
to boast that the only place more crowded than our
line-up is I-5 at rush hour after a heavy rainstorm. You
quickly become accustomed to the small dings you wing
get in your board as the density increases; here the
advantage is that the local ding repair industry is the
largest in the nation and keeps about 10% of the gang
members off the streets.
Anger management skills
are also improved as tensions between between
longboarders and shortboarders now rarely result in
serious maiming. The shortboarders consider
themselves very lucky to average a wave every 3-4
The local lineup:
While most days the waves are called '6-12' by locals
(that is 6-12 inches), on the good days, the break can
be an epic 1-2 feet and sloppy, with closeout sections.
On these days, because the wave is so big and
challenging, only about 10 percent of the regular
Beacons surfers will venture out, so the main peak will
have just 400-500 surfers. The camaraderie at Beacon's
is further exemplified by watching 35-45 surfers share
one of the 1-2 monster waves. It puts a chill down my
spine just telling you that.
The locals like to share
as well. Many surfers will go out of their way to tell
you a story about your significant other that you may
not have already heard.
Water: The Pacific
Ocean, off of Beacon's, has a mysterious ocean current
that somehow transports the refreshingly cold waters
from the Aleutian Islands, and gently guides 40 degree
water to our local break, 365 days a year. The water is
clear allowing you to view the ocean bottom at up 2-3
feet. The native Indians are have said to caustic
properties of the water at Beacon's which has lead to a
thriving metal stripping business.
Beacon's also has its own unique climate. In winter the
air temperature averages 44 degrees, while in summer it
is surprisingly humid and 48 degrees. Another bonus is
that rain only falls during the day so your surfboard
can get washed while you are in the line-up. The heavy
onshore wind only blows hard from one hour before
sunrise to one hour after sunset. The advantage of this
wind, gusting 25-35 knots everyday, is that your hair
will dry very quickly.
Parking: The tight
parking situation at Beacon's has an advantage as well.
Since the small parking lot is always full, you can
typically park within 1-2 miles of the break which will
help improve your aerobic conditioning. Additionally,
your coordination will be enhanced as you hop and step
over the thousands of broken beer bottle pieces that
lead to your favorite break.
Some of the friendly
locals have even been known to clean your car while you
surf, often opening your car doors and trunk to clean
and remove any unwanted item, old CD's or clothing you
that is no longer needed by you.
Animal life: The
ocean is very safe here. There are not more than 5-7
Great White shark attacks per month. Plus the
dozens of packs of wild dogs help keep the beach free of
So if you are an avid
surfer, you can see why it is such a great place to surf
with thousands of your surfing friends..
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