About Santa Ana River Jetties

Santa Ana River Jetties is the most consistent spot in Newport. If Huntington looks flat, go check River Jetties because there's almost always something to ride. River Jetties is, however, extremely varied in shape and depends on the contour of the sandbars. Lefts tend to be fast and predominant during S swells and can turn hollow on a light offshore wind. Westerly winds easily blow out the spot. In winter, the break is far peakier. Steep peaks are found on the right tide, but if you don't surf the spot regularly, the chances of a great day are slim. Because River Jetties is a fast shortboard wave, you tend to get aggressive crowds. But if you can lay down a solid turn, you're welcome out there.

Source: Santa Ana River Jetties Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Moderate 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 short paddle most days, but can be a lot of work on a strong south or northwest swell with current.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not great, toxic after a big rain.

Additional Information


Too many people in the way, getting sick or infections.


Street parking with a few meters sprinkled in for good measure. Double check that street sweeping day, if there are available spots galore it's probably too good to be true.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, bodyboard, bodysurfing



Best Season

March-October, but can be good on some W or NW swells November-February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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