About Newport Beach

This "hottest 100 yards" of Newport between 54th and 56th is traditionally known for defying surfing tradition and the crossed-up peaks that offer plenty of ramps. Thanks to the string of jetties that break up the sand flow, the shape of the waves -- particularly in front of these two streets -- tends to be favorable for high-speed surfing. There are three main peaks that peel inside the 54th Street jetty that take both S and N swells, making it consistently surfable throughout the year, but also consistently smaller than Huntington Beach, just a couple of miles north. On the north side of the jetty, 56th Street produces zippy, sometimes world-class lefts on a S swell. Like any high-performance hotbed, if you prove you can fly with the best of them, chances are you'll be given plenty of clearance.

Source: Newport Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Precious.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

More often than not, you won't be happy with the crowds.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Punchy little beachbreak most days, can get exceptional on a good combo or tropical swell.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

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

Fair

Clean Dirty

Not great after a rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

Falling into the jetty, steep sand-sucking drop-ins, no parking.

Access

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

Seabed

Sand

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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