Surfing the Sonoma Coast can be one of the most sublime experiences of your life. But finding the right place to surf can be a challenge, as they are scattered northward from Bodega Bay to the Mendocino County border. According to surfertoday.com, the best of the surfing sites in Sonoma County is at Salmon Creek, an exposed beach break that has very consistent surf. Magicseaweed.com concurs, describing Salmon Creek as a “meaty beachbreak resembling San Francisco’s Ocean Beach in terms of size and consistency”.
South-facing Doran Park (also in Bodega Bay) is favored by beginners and anybody else looking for some relief from the persistent NW winds.
Many of the best sites are kept a secret by avid local surfers, so our recommendation is to talk to Bob and crew at Bodega Bay Surf Shack. The best sites are also largely dependent on the prevailing winds and conditions, so the folks at the Shack can al so provide tidal and weather conditions vital to your experience.
Unwritten rules of surfing etiquette amount to basic common sense, like not cutting someone off on a wave, respecting the people who were out there before you, getting out of the way of another surfer and honoring a general wave rotation where you share and take your turn.
Need the gear? You can rent surfboards, Stand Up Paddle boards and wetsuits at Bodega Bay Surf Shack. Or if you prefer, rent a kayak and explore the crannies and caves of this rugged coast. Bodega Bay Kayaks offer single and tandem boats and also a 20 minute onshore clinic covering safety techniques and an overall suggested route to take.
1580 East Shore Drive, Bodega Bay. (707) 875-8899. • www.bodegabaysurfshack.com