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Closes out a lot. If you know what you're doing you can score some great rides here. When it's firing, it's easy to pull into a barrel, but hard to make it unless you know the break and where to position yourself. Also, unless the wind is calm or blowing offshore, it will be choppy and nasty.

Paddling out and maintaining position in the lineup can be a real pain in the ass when the currents are strong. Find the rips. Also, this place is heaven for stingrays, so shuffle your feet. Chill, say hello, and follow surfing etiquette, and have a grand ol' time.

Additional Info:
There are three peaks at Scripps. The main peak is directly out from the staircase going from the parking lot to the beach. It goes right and left. The north peak is directly out from the lifeguard tower. It is reserved for spongers in the summer (the blackball flag covers from just north of the main peak to the pier) and also goes both right and left. The last peak is at the pier itself - rights will build up directly off the pilings. North of the pier are more surfable waves.


Take La Jolla Shores Drive to El Paseo Grande, then park wherever you can. If you have any trouble indentifying the spot, it's the big pier at the far north end of La Jolla Shores.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeBeach break
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast
FrequencyDon't know
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionUnknown
Swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 10ft+
TideLow and mid tide
Tide movementRising tide
WeekFew surfers

Rips / undertow, Man-made danger (buoys etc..)



Nearby spots
North Scripps

0.15 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Very consistent (150+ days/year)
La Jolla Shores

0.50 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Don't know
Blacks Beach

0.97 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Regular (100 days/year)