About Doran Beach

Located one mile south of downtown Bodega Bay, Doran is a sheltered, shallow, powerful beachbreak that's usually closed out. It faces south, so NW winds howl offshore here, making it a springtime spot. Doran is popular when the surf is too big everywhere else, but forget about it if the winds are from the S. 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.

Source: Doran Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner-Intermediate

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Unless it's north winds and peaky, hardly anybody will be in the water here.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Mediocre.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Minimal.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Mostly clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

A fairly safe spot. Except for an occasional shark.

Access

Exit Highway 1 onto Doran Beach Road.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard, skimming

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

March-May

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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