About Scripps Pier/La Jolla

Scripps Pier, home of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, can occasionly have more defined sandbars, especially on the south side, than ones found just south at La Jolla Shores.

Source: Scripps Pier/La Jolla Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Often packed.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Rippable beachbreaks peaks when on, learners paradise when it's not.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Typical beachbreak but can be a lot of duck dives when it's on -- comes with being best on consistent, shorter-period swells.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Typically ok but gets dicey after a rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

Loose surfboards.

Access

Easy -- it's where La Jolla Shores Drive meets Torrey Pines Road.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard, skimming

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

Best November-February, but it works year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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