About Church

Church is the farthest spot south in the Trestles arena. Also a rivermouth, Church is pretty much good year-round but prefers a W swell with medium-high tides to produce long, down-the-line rights with some hollow sections. S swells have multiple takeoff zones but a big SW can get all-time.

Source: Church Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Cordial.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Can get packed but not compared to Lowers.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Reeling, lined-up righthand pointbreak under the proper conditions.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Pretty mellow but the paddle back up the point gets long on a solid W swell.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Typically pretty clean, although the San Onofre Creek can unload after a rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

Car rip-offs, beach backpack rip-offs, getting caught by a speeding train on the trestle, rattlesnakes in the lineup after a rain.

Access

San Onofre State Park; or walk, run, crawl, roll, bike, e-bike, skate, back flip down the trail after parking off the Cristianitos exit. Or via Camp Pendleton.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard

Seabed

Sand, rivermouth rock

Best Season

Best November-February, but it works year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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