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Surfing California [Paperback]

Allan Wright


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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars California Dreamin' 11 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Bank Wright traveled up and down the California coast for two years, personally checking the spots, taking photos, and gathering information from locals for this book on surf spots of the Golden State. Its becoming a real gem of spot history with some great photos and spot tide/swell info, and is an excellent book for both those new to surfing in California and for locals who are curious about how their spots are presented. The reasons I am not giving it five stars are because of some minor problems of Nor Cal information which could have serious consequences...
He writes of the Nor Cal coast as if its mostly fun and empty surf, but there is rarely, if ever any mention of how sporadic conditions can be, how heavy and often unrideable it often is, and how sharky some of these spots are. Tomales Bay, for example, should have some mention of how sharky it is. I'd hate to see someone from So Cal come up here and see those Uluwatu-like lefts firing off south Tomales Bay headland, paddle out there and most likely get grubbed by a whitey. Many other spots in Nor Cal are way more sharky than he mentions. But then again, as he was just passing through and probably didn't surf most these empty spots, how was he to know?
He talks about big combers coming into Nor Cal shores like its an empty Hawaiian dream. Sorry Bank, but when these beach breaks get big, which they usually are, its very, very difficult to make it to the outside, and sometimes impossible. He does have some of the more legitimate heavy-duty spots on the North Coast, such as Harbour Entrance. Bank has respected the spots that deserve to be kept quiet, and that he overlooked spots is all for the better- it keeps the element of exploration and new discovery alive in California surfing.
One other thing- I've never seen Pigeon Point breaking right as a big wave break. I've only seen it firing off of a mysto reef way outside the lighthouse, breaking left on that huge Tahitian swell we had a few years back. Pigeon Point is not a wise place to surf anyway- an abolone diver was attacked and killed there by a huge great white shark there less than 10 years ago. And as far as the Potato Patch goes- OK you Cortes Bank and Mav's tow-in crew- here's your new challenge. I have seen it good and clean with two guys out paddling in to big blue shoulders. The tide was medium and it was a big and perfect fall swell with very light offshores from due East. I swear it looked a lot like those Cortes Bank rights that Snips, Mel and Crew scored for the Project Neptune session, but a bit more manageable yet. These waves were so big that they properly scaled to the tankers which passed before them! I even have pictures of that day to prove it. On a good fall it might get good for more than few days. Check it from Deaddies' with binoculars and fling yourself off the cliff while you're ahead!!!
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best surfspot guide to the California coast. 2 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Eventhough its been around for awhile, this little guidebook is still da best brah! And at less than $11.oo it's a steal. Lots of maps, photos, and interesting descriptions make it a good thing to have if your cruising the crowded Calif. coast.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, though sometimes loathed 1 Jan 2001
By Loves To Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the most useful tools that a surfer can use. This book has had me travel from my home in San Diego to all around the rest of Southern California. The most useful information is the tide height and swell directions to make each spot go off. Even though I hate the fact that the book helps tons of traveling surfers find there way into the spots around my home on the best days, I still value my prized copy. I think that Bank Wright should do an updated version because some of the names of the spots have changed as well as some new spots that are being surfed. I also think some of the spots need to be reconsidered on how dangerous they are (Torrey Pines isn't a "big wave break"). Overall I think this book fits in with surfline.com and those surf report faxes, because they are okay for you to use, but you hate when others do the same. Just buy the book go up and down the PCH.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars L.A. County Boy's Point of View 29 Jan 2003
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This is a handy book to keep around to find the best surf spot given a day's conditions. I have surfed every spot in L.A. County and found things haven't changed much since th 70's. However, the POP Pier, State Beach and Marina Del Rey breaks no longer exist. The pictures will keep you longing for those days though. Also, Sunset no longer works in Winter unless there is a big swell, or a negative tide. Also, a picture of Rincon is really a spot further east, but big deal. This book is well worth the small investment and essential when travelling away from your surfing comfort zone. This book is well overdue for an update to address the now more important issues of crowds and localism.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have... 9 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first purchased Bank Wrights "Surfing California" in 1982 at O'Neills surf shop in Santa Cruz. Since that time, the book has found its home in my glove box. Dog eared and tattered, "Surfing California" is to me as important as my wetsuit, wax, and surfboard. It is the must have guide for any serious surfer. While a bit dated (25 years to be exact), it still provides pertinent information for the surfer looking for somthing new. But be prepared, some spots no longer exist as they did, and those that do have for the most part undergone some radical changes. An update is definitely needed, but with localism once again rearing its ugly head, dont count on it.
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