SURFING IN DANA POINT

SURFING IN DANA POINT

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Dana Point real estate is known for its beautiful surroundings, but they offer far more than scenic views. For decades, Dana Point’s beaches have drawn crowds and surfers of all skill levels.

A few of the earliest and most celebrated moments in surfing culture happened in Dana Point. Consequently, Strand Beach, Salt Creek Beach and Doheny Beach all hold special places in our collective surf culture. In the years since, a new group of elite surfers have perfected their art at Dana Point’s best surf spots.

Legendary surfers were drawn to Dana Point’s waves

Over the years, powerful waves and surfing legends helped Dana Point earn a place of prominence in time with surfing’s rise in popularity. Both Surfer Magazine and Hobie Surfboards were founded in Dana Point. Today, Infinity Surfboards and the Doheny Surf Festival call the seaside retreat their home.

Surfer Today named Salt Creek Beach one of the best Southern California surf spots and noted that “the roots of modern surfing pass by Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point.” The site went on to state that during the late 1950’s and 1960’s, Dana Point was a place where surfers would test out new boards on powerful waves.

One of the talented surfers that rode Dana Point’s choice waves is Ron Drummond, a famed surfer from Capistrano Beach who was known to take his canoe out into the Pacific regularly. Phil Edwards made some waves of his own when he cut back toward the curl while riding Killer Dana, a legendary wave that used to tempt surfers in Dana Point Cove. The world-class surfer is also credited with the first ride on Hawaii’s pipeline that didn’t end in a wipeout. Rounding out the distinguished group are tandem surfers, Steve and Barrie Boehne, who are also fond of Dana Point’s surf scene and own Infinity Surfboards. A few years back, Locale Magazine reported that during the form’s prime, they won more tandem contests than any other teams.

Dana Point’s surfing history goes back further than the 1950’s. In the 1930’s, Lorrin Harrison started crafting boards, something the surfer would do for the rest of his life. He also surfed the largest waves in Dana Point. Another surfer who was fond of massive waves was George “Peanuts” Larson. He is credited with riding the largest wave off the California coast during this period in surf history. He spent his fair share of time on a board in Dana Point too. Preston “Pete” Peterson, who won the Pacific Coast Surfing Championship four times in the 1930’s and early 1940’s, also courted Dana Point’s best waves.

Dana Point’s surfing elite

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel’s Surfing Santas aren’t the only notable surfers catching waves in Dana Point. The seaside city boasts a talented group of young surfers. In fact, some of the most recent surfing competition wins have gone to youth from Dana Point, including Cora Nordheim, who won first place in the Girls Division at the Scholastic Surf Series Middle School competition on February 20th at Oceanside Pier.

Bethany Zelasko also earned a win during the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour Event No. 7 on February 13-14 in Huntington Beach. The talented surfer claimed first place in the Open Women Shortboard division. In the past, she scored a perfect 10 during a National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) competition and won the Open Girls title for the 2015 NSSA Southwest U.S. Division. In addition, she’s claimed first place in the NSSA Interscholastic State Championship and the 2015 Volcom TCT Butterfish Surf Series.

Dana Point’s best surf spots

Dana Point has several noteworthy spots that attract today’s avid surfers. Some of Dana Point’s surf spots are widely regarded as being great for beginning surfers and young surfers, while others are well suited to seasoned wave riders.

1. Salt Creek Beach

Surfers are rather fond of Salt Creek Beach, which has three breaks to choose from, the Point, Middles and Gravels, each of which offers something a little different.

2. Doheny Beach

Doheny Beach offers beginner surfers a great place to get started on longboards. It’s also a fine place for intermediate surfers to catch waves. Locale Magazine stated that Doheny Beach is a popular and kid-friendly place with tame waves. There are also strong swells further north for intermediate surfers.

3. The Strand

Strand Beach is popular with beachgoers and surfers alike. Shortboards are very common at this surf spot, which is frequented by skilled surfers.

Life on the shore in Dana Point

Dana Point’s vibrant surf culture and remarkable surf spots offer unforgettable moments filled with brilliant California sunshine and salty ocean waves. It’s one of the many reasons why Dana Point homes for sale are so sought-after. To learn more about Dana Point real estate, contact Eric Crisp today.


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