About Goldenwest

Find your rip bowl and enjoy. This is the northernmost stretch of HB before you make your way to the Cliffs, and it loves a combo swell and low tide. It is rideable here almost as much as the Pier, though not usually as shapely, and it packs a few feet more size on a long period WNW swell during the winter. But, as alluded to, is prone to large rips and plenty of current when the swell is pumping. Open corners are hard to come by unless there are a few different swells running, but it is fun to try and find them (if you like duck diving and finding a needle in a haystack). Catch it with a proper combo, drained low tide, and offshore Santa Ana winds, though, and you’ll think heaven really is a place on Earth.

Source: Goldenwest Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Mostly mild.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Spread out unless it is firing.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Pretty typical beachbreak most days, can get exceptional on a good combo or tropical swell.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Pretty average most days, but can be brutal on a strong south or northwest swell with current.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Not great after a rain, especially near the drainpipes.

Additional Information

Hazards

Beginners on big boards, current, baby white sharks at the Huntington Flats.

Access

Free parking on side streets and meters.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

January-December, but fall can be epic.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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