Where are the best places to catch waves here in Bodega Bay?
The Beach Boys made California synonymous with surfing on the world stage but it with the ocean and beautiful shores; it was already “the” place to surf! If you feel like some fun hitting the waves, you’ll want to head to one of the following beaches in Bodega Bay; with the good weather and great waves, they’re some of the most popular surfing areas in the world!
The most popular surfing spot in the county — powerful beachbreak resembling San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. The tiny enclave of Salmon Creek is quite humble — a cluster saltbox homes fronting piles of crab pots and fishing buoys. Most surfers frequenting Salmon Creek Beach drive from inland areas like Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. The surf? Salmon Creek can hold big swells: 10 to 12 feet on Buoy 13. The currents and undertow are notorious, too, and it blows out fairly easily. The area in front of the parking lot is the most heavily trodden peak, but you can always find your own wave with a short walk to the south. If you’re accustomed to riding big, burly beachbreaks, Salmon Creek is for you.
Located one mile south of downtown Bodega Bay, Doran is a sheltered, shallow and powerful beachbreak that’s usually closed out. It faces south, so northwest winds howl offshore here, making it a springtime spot. Doran is popular when the surf is too big everywhere else. Favored by novices and bodyboarders who commute from the inland cities of Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. Beginners are most at home here than at any other spot in the county due to its shallowness and shelter, but Doran can dish up some pounding tubes, so beware — it wouldn’t be difficult to break your neck or bust a fin out on the bottom here.
For an avid surfer, Salmon Creek is a favorite area to find the best waves. You can check all the surf reports here on Surfline.
If you’re looking to learn how to surf but don’t know where to start, you can check with the Bodega Bay Surf Shack who offers a variety of lessons. Their varied options makes it easy to find one that fits your level of experience and learning style, and your pocketbook. Alternatively you could always just head for the beach and hang out with the surfers to pick up tips!
And yes, after a long day in the surf, you can retire here on the property and enjoy the luxury you deserve!
Happy surfing all.
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