California’s Most Stunning Surf Spots

Surfing is one step closer to becoming California’s official sport

On May 14, the California Assembly voted 60-3 to make surfing California’s official sport (much to the chagrin of skateboarders everywhere). Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) reportedly wore a Hawaiian print shirt and described himself as “stoked” while discussing the measure, which he co-sponsored along with Ian Calderon (D-Whittier). The co-sponsors, who are avid surfers themselves, claim the sport not only encapsulates the spirit of California, but also generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales.

“Nothing represents the California Dream better than surfing—riding the waves and living in harmony with the beautiful beaches and ocean of our Golden State…Surfing is an iconic California sport and an important part of the multibillion dollar California coastal economy, particularly in the tourism and recreation industries,” Muratsuchi said in January in an official press release.

Consider this our official endorsement. In honor of surfing, here are the most stunning spots to catch a wave.


1. Rincon Point, Santa Barbara


 2. Malibu, Los Angeles

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3. The Wedge, Newport Beach

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4. Laguna Beach

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5. Huntington, Huntington Beach

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6. Lower Trestles, San Clemente

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7. Doheny State Beach


8. Cardiff Reef,  San Diego


9. Blacks Beach, San Diego


10. Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz

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This post was updated on May 15, 2018, to reflect the new development in the California Assembly.


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