About Pipes

Connecting the dots between Cardiff Reef and Swami's is a stretch of erratic reef known as the San Elijo, or Cardiff, Campgrounds. Although most of these waves are too fickle and/or protected to mention here, Pipes, at the north end of the campground, offers a consistent left-hander. The wave offers a rippable wall and is dependable call for low tide sessions during the winter months.

Source: Pipes Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Recreational

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Goin' left!

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Weekends can be packed, but weekdays are not so bad.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Playful left.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Pretty average most days.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Not great after a rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

Aggressive older surfers.

Access

Park along PCH, at the north end of the San Elijo campgrounds. Head west.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Reef

Best Season

November-March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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