About Trestles

The apex of everything surf in Southern California - peak action, A-framing rights and lefts and even a peek-a-boo view from the freeway. Lowers IS Ground Zero for high-octane surfing. Offering forgivably rippable walls going either way, Lower Trestles only closes out on the rarest of swells.

If there's a sniff of south swell in the water, Lowers will welcome it with open arms. But if there's a puff of south wind, Lowers will shut down quicker than 5:00pm on Wall Street.

Don't expect to score Lowers uncrowded either (even on full moon nights). Watch any set roll through and you'll see two (or more) surfers taking off in either direction, which often makes things frustrating for even the biggest name pro surfers. But if you manage to wrangle one to yourself, hold on because you're in for one of the best rides Southern California can offer.

Source: Trestles Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Average to above average

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Hungry, aggressive, competitive, but mostly cordial.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Lowers is a zoo, sometimes crowded even at night. Elsewhere is moderate, but can also be a zoo.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

The bar for rippable cobblestone peaks worldwide.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

If the paddle back after a long right doesn't get your shoulders burning, jockeying for the next good set wave will. Considerably less work for the left.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Typically ok but brutal after a big rain.

Additional Information


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


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

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish


Sand, rivermouth rock

Best Season

Best March-October, but it works year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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