Sitting at the break with no wind, sun in full force and consistent swell with wave heights of 6-8′ and no one around. I caught some great ones I’ll never forget. I was lucky.
As summer approaches, winter swell is slowly fading. During the peak season, Bay Area swell can reach as high as 60′ waves, Mavericks. But even the average wave heights are 20-30′ which can be deadly in most conditions.
Sharp Park is one of Pacifica’s dangerous beach breaks and isn’t surfed by most locals, Sharp Park Killer Waves and Man drowns trying to save wife. However, I caught a lucky break and experienced one of the best surf sessions this Spring. But was cognizant of the rip tide.
Conditions were ideal with light onshore winds and WNW swell waves reaching 6-8′. As you approach the beach, Sharp Park has a very steep sand break and a very strong rip current. It’s rare to see people in the water, approach with caution and read the warning signs. The strongest rip currents are located closest to the pier as there is a 3′ drop where the water breaks.
Sharp Park is known for its amazing view of the Bay along Mori Point, adjacent to Sharp Park Gulf Club and is home to Pacifica’s Pier. Many local fisherman and those across the Bay come to the pier because it’s the only public pier that doesn’t require a license to fish or crab.
As deadly as Sharp Park is, it’s also stunningly beautiful.
If you’re interested in surfing here, make sure you observe the conditions. There are no cams on Surfline and not much forecasts to go by. Sharp Park consists of sneaker waves that will pull unsuspecting beachgoers out to sea, including dogs. The riptide is very powerful and there is also a heavy undertow. The conditions, in my opinion are similar to Ocean Beach and maybe a bit more dangerous.
If you surf here, go during low wind and low tide. Specifically, low tide because it will be a lot easier to get in and out of the water. Due to the steepness of the beach the riptide is powerful when it crashes and can knock you over and pull you out. The break is biggest closer to the pier and smaller as you go towards the south end of the beach. The best time to surf here is during Spring and Summer where most of the Bay Area waves are small. You will still see 6-8′ waves during small days in the Bay Area at Sharp Park.
It’s a bit of an illusion when you observe from onshore, but when you’re face to face with the wave at Sharp Park you will see a much thicker and powerful swell.
I’ve always had my eye on Sharp Park and the waves here. They look so perfect when they break compared to popular surf locations in the Bay Area. The experience was amazing, rare and I knew I was lucky. Sitting at the break with no wind, sun in full force and consistent swell with waves heights of 6-8′ with no one around. I caught some great ones I’ll never forget. I was lucky, and I knew it.