About Bolinas Jetty

It's not a real hot surf area, but decent if the winds are howling out of the NW and you don't feel like dealing with heavier waves farther north. The Sea Drift Road (east) side of the lagoon mouth sees some fun rights when the bars are correctly formed, while the Wharf/Brighton Road (west) side of the lagoon mouth produces surfable lefts. The waves in Bolinas generally have to be small to be rideable, and usually best on mid-high tide.

Source: Bolinas Jetty Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Nothing really once you get in the water. Big hangout for big sharks, though.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Prevalent on key days, but there's always a chance you'll score it solo or with a few others.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Kinda fun.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not too bad.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Minimal and nothing really to worry about.

Additional Information


Errant longboards and hungry sharks.


Through the town of Bolinas for the west jetty: take Olema-Bolinas Road from Highway 1 and turn left onto Wharf Road. For the east jetty, take Highway 1 and turn onto Calle del Arroyo, which becomes Sea Drift Road, and follow it to the end.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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