About Surfside Jetty

The story goes that before founding Surfline, when Sean Collins was just developing his passion for surf forecasting, he used to sit up on the roof of his Surfside house and time south swells hitting the Huntington Harbor jetty with a stopwatch. Located just south of Seal Beach, the gated community of Surfside offers a unique and interesting study of wave dynamics and refraction. A sandy beachbreak, during the summer months large south swells hammer the Huntington Harbor jetty and the energy bounces off, creating perfect A-frame wedges in two distinct spots known as “The Bowl” and “The Hole.” A popular spot with the dedicated local crew, Surfside is best early in the morning on a lower tide. The onshore northwest winds can be unrelenting here in the summer after about 10:00am.

Source: Surfside Jetty Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Can be heavy.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Peaks off the jetty are highly contested.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Rippable wedges slingshotting off the jetty.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

When it's on, you'll be working.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not great after a rain and watch out for tar.

Additional Information


Parking on PCH and running through guard gate, stingrays, baby white sharks.


Park at Anderson St. and walk up the beach or have an in with someone that lives in the gated community right out front.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, bodyboard



Best Season

Best on solid W or NW swells November-February, but can be good on solid S swells.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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