Surf’s up in San Luis Obispo with a wide variety of nearby surf spots for all skill levels. Cal Poly was even placed in the top three of the “10 best surf schools in America” by

100 miles of coastline lure new and pro surfers alike, offering a spectrum of San Luis Obispo surfing locations from sheltered, craggy coves like St. Anne’s and Reef Rights in Shell Beach to sprawling beach breaks near the piers in Cayucos or Morro Bay.

Seasoned surfers challenge themselves to the adrenaline-pumping waves in San Simeon, Morro Bay, and Montaña de Oro in the north and Oceano in the south. Just getting your feet wet? Head to one of the surf shops nearby for board rentals, surf camps, surfing lessons, or local insight on the best places to paddle out.


Before You Go

To ensure a great ride, surfers should take into account wind conditions and tides when selecting a surf spot. Generally, mornings are the best time to surf, prior to the wind picking up around midday. The water temperature typically oscillates between 52-59°F, so be prepared to wear a wetsuit all year round.


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