About Newport Beach

56th Street produces zippy, sometimes world-class lefts on a S swell. Like any high-performance hotbed, if you prove you can fly with the best of them, chances are you'll be given plenty of clearance.

Source: Newport Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Precious.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

More often than not, you won't be happy with the crowds.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Punchy little beachbreak most days, can get exceptional on a good combo or tropical swell.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Pretty short paddle most days, but can be a lot of work on a strong south swell with current.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Not great after a rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

Steep sand-sucking drop-ins, no parking.

Access

Street parking with a few meters sprinkled in for good measure. Double check that street sweeping day, if there are available spots galore it's probably too good to be true.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, bodyboard, bodysurfing

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

March-October, but can be good on some W or NW swells November-February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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