Ano Nuevo

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Spot is either not happening, just OK, or firing!

What makes this spot magic is that it is protected from N and NW winds, and will be either totally glassy or offshore on most breezy spring and summer days. While some of the locals who surf here are friendly- once in awhile you get some nervy Santa Cruz dickheads out there. But hey- it's a compacted take-off spot, so I guess if they were out first- you can understand. Place is beautiful, but closes out often. Don't surf here unless you are an experienced rider! Keep a low profile and don't drop in on anyone!

Additional Info:
Ano Nuevo is a very emotional spot and is hard to catch it good... but when it's firing- it's a great bowl! Ano Nuevo is an elephant seal breeding ground and also a favourite place for great white sharks to get their meals! You might notice seals washing up on the beach with fresh chunks bitten out of them. Still, if you surf inside the cove where the wave wedges up you shouldn't worry... only if you venture out to some of the outside reefs (which go off) should you make your last will and testament.


Look for sign 'Ano Neuvo' off of highway 1 about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz. Pull into lot to check it out.

WalkShort walk (5-15 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
PowerHollow, Powerful
FrequencySometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthShort (<50m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Swell sizeDon't know - Don't know
TideMid and high tide
Tide movementRising and falling tides
WeekFew surfers

Localism, Sharks



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