About Ponto

For years, this stretch of sand in South Carlsbad was indecipherable from the miles of other average beachbreak in the area. But, as some spots fade into obscurity over the years, others rise to center stage. Ponto is one case where the Army Corps of Engineers have done some good for the area's surfers, when they decided that the Batiquitos Lagoon needed to be opened up on a permanent basis. They constructed two large jetties that, since then, have proven to be a virtual sandbar factory. Newly formed banks don't stay secret for long. Ponto breaks year-round, with rights funneling off the south jetty during the winter and lefts reeling off the north jetty during the summer. Since the lagoon is constantly flowing, watch for a nasty rip that'll suck you out to sea.

Source: Ponto Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Average joe to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Thankful and competitive.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Average to heavy.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

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

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty average most days.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not great, toxic after a big rain.

Additional Information


The rip on the dropping tide.



Bring Your

Shortboard, fish


Sand, jetty

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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