Surfer’s Point is located at Seaside Park in Ventura, California (by the Ventura County Fairgrounds). It also happens to be the location of a managed retreat. When shorelines become ravaged by the ocean, cities usually respond by building a sea wall. In Ventura, the city is looking to the beach to provide natural protection and are pulling back from the shore line.

“Construction crews are removing a crumbling bike path, ripping out a 120-space parking lot and laying down sand and cobblestones. By pushing the asphalt 65 feet inland, the project is expected to give the wave-ravaged point 50 more years of life.” — L.A. Times

Good thing because Surfer’s Point is a popular destination for surfers. The waves are large and consistent and the day I was there, even though it was cold and miserable, surfers still huddled on their surfboards in the water waiting for the next wave.

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The Surfer’s Code and rules of the waves are posed at the entrance to the beach.

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Surfer’s Code: Give Respect to Gain Respect

  1. Right of way: furthest inside, closest to peak
  2. Do not: drop in or snake
  3. Paddling Out: paddle wide, caught inside stay in the white water
  4. Remember to communicate: first to feet or on the wave, call communicate (left or right)
  5. Always: surf within your ability (no big waves until ready), take off with commitment (paddle hard)
  6. Danger: do not let go of your board, it’s danger to others