The harbor is a quiet area of the shoreline with wide,
sandy beaches, multiple clusters of picnic tables, and
an expansive playground in the sand.
A sandy peninsula, Harbor Beach has stunning
ocean views to the west
and harbor views to the
east. You can watch surfers
catching a large break and
then, from the same spot,
wave to a group of paddle
boarders or a sailboat
leaving its dock.
Two rocky jetties protect
the harbor from rough seas
and preserve its wide, san
dy beaches. When the surf
conditions are just right, the
jetties are popular locations
for people to stand and
watch the ocean waves
crash below them.
Coined “one of Southern California’s most consistent
surf spots” by The Encyclopedia of Surfing, it’s clear
why Oceanside is home to countless professional and
amateur surfers, who all share a passion for being out in
the water and catching the next big wave.
The local surf culture can be felt everywhere in
town, through Oceanside’s numerous surf and retail
shops, surf schools, and even custom board manu
facturing. A business district 3 miles from the coast
is appropriately referred to as “Shaper’s Alley” for the
dozens of surfboard manufacturers that have set up
shop, including BYB Surfboards, Chemistry Surf
boards, and Hawaiian Pro Designs.
Each year, Oceanside hosts about a dozen surf and
longboard competitions, welcoming contestants from
around the world to surf the legendary California waves.
“One of my biggest
tips for surfing is to
relax,” says Caleb
Richter, surfing coach at
SoCal Surf School. “Being
comfortable in the water
is an important part of
surfing; standing up,
the coordination and the
timing of catching waves
will all come with time.”
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