It's a state beach, so you can pay to park, but there's almost always spots right along the shoulder fronting the beach. I have long held that surf spots benefit from a special dispensation silently granted by California public officials at all levels. A surfing spot, and its free parking, are a tourism talisman, and to be respected as a cultural resource.

It's a state beach, so you can pay to park, but there's almost always spots right along the shoulder fronting the beach. I have long held that surf spots benefit from a special dispensation silently granted by California public officials at all levels. A surfing spot, and its free parking, are a tourism talisman, and to be respected as a cultural resource.

View north from Highway One. The rocky point that signifies a cobbled bottom and waves that hold up and peel off right.

View north from Highway One. The rocky point that signifies a cobbled bottom and waves that hold up and peel off right.

Highway 1 looking south.

Highway 1 looking south.

View from beach side of Highway 1.

View from beach side of Highway 1.

View south from parking perch. That point is a spot called "Heavens."

View south from parking perch. That point is a spot called "Heavens."

View from top of staircase on Highway 1. That rock in the middle is where most of the action is. On good days, wave's sweep right and offer more than just one peak that locals know inside and out.

View from top of staircase on Highway 1. That rock in the middle is where most of the action is. On good days, wave's sweep right and offer more than just one peak that locals know inside and out.

View southward.

View southward.

The foot of the stairs from Highway 1.

The foot of the stairs from Highway 1.

Waxing up before heading in for a satisfactory session.

Waxing up before heading in for a satisfactory session.

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