Locations

See the beaches where we surf, and meetup spots for lessons

Carmel Beach top

South end of Carmel Beach (consistent, rideable small waves for beginners)

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At the foot of Ocean Avenue, Carmel Beach is one of the most iconic spots on California's Central Coast and is rated "One of America's Top Beach Towns." From morning to night Carmel Beach attracts visitors and locals alike to take in the majestic scenery and fun activities. For surfers, the view from the water is stunning; Point Lobos to the South and Pebble Beach to the north with crystal clear water which adds to the ambiance of an incredible ride. The beach to surf is significantly affected by tide, wave duration, sand bar formation and swell direction. The wave and water conditions can change rapidly so trust our instructors and our safety first intuition. Carmel Beach is surfed by locals and visitors alike, but please remember proper surf etiquette (if you don’t know what surfer etiquette is, please ask!), don't jump the line, instead hang on the outside until the feel and mood has been established then jump in, the water's fine — (cold) but fine. A wetsuit is a must if you plan to remain in the water for any length of time as the water hovers at a cool 50 degrees. Lucky for you Big Surf provides our student with the best suits money can buy. Lessons can be held along the entire length of the beach and your instructor will inform you where to meet before the lesson.



Asilomar Beach top

Consistent waves

Meet at the Asilomar Conference Grounds "Crosswalk" near 1870 Sunset Dr. in Pacific Grove.
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There are few surfing spots around Monterey as popular as Asilomar Beach. The consistent waves and wind bring surfers here on a daily basis. But surfers aren’t the only ones in the water: with plenty of wildlife in the area, you’re bound to also see kayakers dot the water, looking to get an up-close look at a wide range of marine creatures. Connected to Spanish Bay (to the south) there are 5, yes count 'em, FIVE, different places to catch different variations of waves at this picturesque location. Roadside, Middles, Reefs, Spanish Bay North Side, and Spanish Bay South Side. Be forewarned: the conditions can change rapidly so this beach must be respected; our instructors know when it’s safe to go out and when it’s not.



Lover's Point top

Experienced surfers' dream

Meet at Del Monte Ave at the start of the Municipal Wharf (where Figueroa St. ends and the beach begins).
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To the experienced Surfer, Lover’s point is a dream wave. The perfect left never closes out and can sometimes barrel, provided the conditions are immaculate. With waves as inviting as its name, it’s no wonder Lover's Point has become a favorite spot for surfers. And with scenic wildlife, picnic space, and a volleyball court, it’s also perfect for those who want to do more than just surf. It’s even the starting point of the “Kelp Crawl” portion of the Triathlon at Pacific Grove! We don’t hold lessons here unless students have experience and confidence in the waves. Be forewarned: it’s best you go out with someone who knows this spot because there are rocks.




Monterey Beach top

Great for new surfers, and for relaxing afterwards!

Meet at Del Monte Ave at the start of the Municipal Wharf (where Figueroa St. ends and the beach begins).
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The winds at Monterey Beach are famous, so of course it’s a favorite spot for surfers. Because of its weaker riptides, patrolling lifeguards, and convenient beach access, it's a surf spot best suited new surfers. And don’t be surprised if you look out a little beyond the surf and see dolphins playing in the waves! Bring you beach towels and sunscreen because it’s also a great place to hangout before or after the lesson.


Old Fisherman's Wharf top

Big Waves, Big Pictures

Meet at Del Monte Ave at the start of the Municipal Wharf (where Figueroa St. ends and the beach begins).
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Situated adjacent to old fisherman’s wharf, this surf spot is perfect for big wave days as it is very protected from dangerous conditions. When it’s 10 foot in the Monterey area, old fisherman’s wharf provides sheltered 2-4 foot surf. This location really works when the tide is high, almost disappearing at low tide. One of the best spots to take pictures of surfers thanks to the wharf's elevated vantage point.