About T Street (Trafalgar Street)

T Street is known for one thing -- consistency. The entire West Coast from Jordan River to Cabo could be flat, and T Street, the central hub for San Clemente's finest, would manage to cough up a wave or two that would make a surfer happy. There are a lot of things that help T Street break: sandbars, reefs, rocks and odd seaweed gardens all contribute to the wave's quirky behavior. It'll transform from San O' to mini-Backdoor in the time it takes to do a bottom turn. Although the T Street fanatics have many different names for every hole in the reef, the break is typically divided into three spots: the Reef, Cropley's and Beach House.

On a strong S swell, lefts hit the outside reef, break slowly, then peel over the inside rock shelf, bowling in a fast, down-the-line section. On winter swells, you get the opposite: long, workable rights off the reef ending in a collapsing shorebreak. Cropley's is strictly a winter break. Named after the owner of a tasty hamburger stand that no longer exists, Cropley's provides fast, zippy righthand peaks just north of the snack bar. Some swear it's T Street's best wave when it's on -- which isn't very often. It takes just the right swell direction from the NW. South of the overpass, there's a sandbar that old locals call the Beach House, named after a candy shack that once stood there. On medium-size swells, you can catch some wedgy lefts and rights that are often less crowded and more geared toward shortboards and bodyboards. T Street is a longtime haven for bodyboarders and San Clemente's top pros.

Source: T Street (Trafalgar Street) Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Hero to zero

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Mostly friendly, but it can get competitive when it's on.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy


Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Quirky local classic.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty mellow most days.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Typically ok but gets dicey after a rain.

Additional Information


Psycho bodybuilders, baby white sharks during grunion runs (one bit a girl in Aug 2004 at 204's).


Off Trafalgar Street in downtown San Clemente. There's about a dozen or so free parking spots close to walkway, but once they're filled up, meter parking is your only choice.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard


Rock, reef, sand and cute garibaldi

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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