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There's good reason why Huntington Beach reigns as the official Surf City USA. Our consistent year-round swell coupled with our vibrant deep-rooted surf culture makes our 10-mile coast a surfer's paradise. Each of our five distinct beaches beckons a different level of surfer, from the newbie experiencing the rush of a first paddle-out in calm glistening waters to the seasoned shredder soaking up the stoke by the pier. Bring your board, rent a board, or take a lesson from one of our trusted surf schools, where sessions are tailored to skill level, safety, and fun.
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."