Simply a fan of the sport? Here you score the unique opportunity to watch locals and pros alike in the water. Keep your eyes peeled for local pros Courtney Conlogue, Kanoa Igarashi, and Brett Simpson. Former pro surfer and longtime local Bud Llamas offers a couple quick tips for ensuring a swell time:
1) Check surf conditions before paddling out.
2) Check the direction of the swell. A straight north or south swell means a strong side current that makes surfing next to the pier a bit hazardous, as well as waves that tend to wall up and crash all at once, rather than peak and peel off for good long rides. Northwest or southwest swells are best. "You want that 'west' in there," says Bud. "The 'west' makes the waves more peaky."