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.

Today's spot, Leo Cabrillo State Beach.

Today's spot, Leo Cabrillo State Beach.

Leo Cabrillo State Beach

Leo Cabrillo State Beach

Highway 1 looking south.

Highway 1 looking south.

Waxing up before heading in for a satisfactory session.

Waxing up before heading in for a satisfactory session.

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.

The foot of the stairs from Highway 1.

The foot of the stairs from 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."

Armed with a gun.

Armed with a gun.

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