About Grandview

A beachbreak with a rock bottom covered by sand, Grandview in Leucadia offers a lot of different options depending on the mood of the ocean. And it’s good in both summer and winter. Featuring both left and right corners, it’s a great spot to bring the family when it’s small, and as a groundswell picks up, Grandview’s exposure ensures that the size and power build accordingly. Because it’s situated in the epicenter of the San Diego surf scene, crowds are on it, but the vibes are generally good.

Source: Grandview Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

When it’s small, Grandview is a gentle wave that’s fun for longboards and beginners. But as the conditions improve, the wave gets more challenging and powerful.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Generally a quiet, mellow spot to catch a wave. There’s a lot of talent that lives in the surrounding community, so when the waves pick up and the conditions are decent, expect to share the water with some good surfers.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Not as busy as the more marquee spots in the area until it starts to get good, then it can be pretty busy.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Thanks to its exposure, there’s usually a wave to be ridden at Grandview. When it’s small, it’s fun for longboards and beginners, and as the swell picks up, it can be a very rippable setup of lefts and rights.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

When it’s small, Grandview is a pretty easy paddle-out that may require a handful of duck-dives. As the size and consistency pick up, you’ll spend some time punching through the whitewater before you make it out the back.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Generally pretty clean, but like most spots in Southern California, caution should be exercised during periods of heavy rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

In 2019, giant boulders fell from the cliff and killed three women. Post up well away from the cliff. In the water, stingrays and rip currents are your biggest concern.

Access

Park at the north end of Neptune Avenue near Grandview Street. A wooden stairway leads down to the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard

Seabed

A sandy beach with flat rocks on the bottom covered by scattered sandbars.

Best Season

From summertime S swells to rolling NW swells in the winter, Grandview enjoys exposure to energy from all directions. Autumn is your best bet for scoring peaky conditions with offshore winds.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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