Surfing Lower Trestles: the jewel of Southern California

Lower Trestles: going right and left in Southern California

Lower Trestles is, for many surfers, the best surf spot in the world. There are many reasons why riders pick the Californian surf break as their favorite wave.

Lower Trestles means consistency, all-around 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 a surfers' paradise.

If you had to take 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, equipped with short and longboards.

Trestles: perfect peeling waves

The construction of a wide toll highway has threatened the surfing region for years. It has been at the center of a controversy involving Californian authorities, the 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 a 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.

Surfing Trestles: you'll never get tired of some many perfect surf spots

If you only had one day to surf Lower Trestles, you would be fortunate to hit the water on a day blessed by a large south/southwest swell and light-to-moderate east winds.

The rocky seafloor isn't dangerous if you take care.

It's almost possible to surf Lower Trestles every single day of the year. And because left-handers are shorter, it's easier to paddle out via 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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