Lower Trestles is, for many surfers, the best surf spot in the world. There are many reasons why riders pick the Californian break as their favourite wave.
Lower Trestles means consistency, all-round fun, a classic reef/point break, perfect peeling left and right-handers, easy paddle-outs and endless wave faces.
San Onofre State Beach is, de facto, a virgin surf sanctuary. Located a few miles away from San Clemente, Lower Trestles is surfers' paradise. If you would have to grab a wave peak to heaven, this would be it.
Lower Trestle resembles an artificial wave. The peak is perfectly positioned and, with pristine wind and swell conditions, you can train old and new school surf with short and longer surfboards.
The construction of a wide toll highway has threatened the surfing region for years and has been in the center of a controversy involving Californian authorities, Surfrider Foundation and local surfers.
Lower Trestles is like a surf pool and it is perfect for training and experimentation sessions. Despite being one of the most crowded surf breaks in Southern California, it can change the life or a career in surfing.
The feeling of riding a magical surf spot is constant when you're at Lower Trestles. The surf jewel of San Clemente pumps a lazy right-hander and a fast, short and hollow left-hander.
If you only had one day to surf Lower Trestles, you would be very lucky to hit the water with a large south/southwest swell and light-to-moderate east winds. The rocky sea floor isn't dangerous if you take care.
It's almost possible to surf Lower Trestles every single day of the year. Because left-handers are shorter, it's easier to paddle-out on the north side of the peak.
If you're tired of Lower Trestles, you're tired of surfing and life. After riding the jewel of San Clemente, try "Cottons," "Uppers," "Middles" and "Church" for a full Trestles extravaganza.
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