About Cottons

Cottons Point, the lefthander at the north end of the Trestles beaches, is a long, often-fat left that breaks further off the beach than any of the other nearby spots. Depending on sand buildup and the tide, the wave typically offers a rather flat face that's perfect for cutbacks. However, if there's a large, long-period, southerly swell and a minus low tide, Cottons turns into a quality high-performance wave, complete with a crackable lip-line and multiple barrel sections before unloading into the menacing shorebreak. Cottons is a pretty cool novelty wave, as well as a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of Uppers and Lowers.

Source: Cottons Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Average

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Hungry with insatiable longboarders, but overall, mostly cordial.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Generally packed, especially on weekends.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Wobbly, sectiony, cutback city most swells, but with a solid S swell and negative low tide it can get pretty good.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Pretty mellow but the paddle back up the point gets long on a solid S swell.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Typically ok but gets dicey after a rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

Car rip-offs, beach backpack rip-offs, getting caught by a speeding train on the trestle, rattlesnakes in the lineup after a rain.

Access

San Onofre State Park; or walk, run, crawl, roll, bike, e-bike, skate, back flip down the trail after parking off the Cristianitos exit.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard

Seabed

Sand and cobblestone

Best Season

Best March-October, but it works year-round .

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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