by Michelle Michalak June 09, 2017

Slyde Handboards ambassadors have great tastes when it comes to break selections.  

We spoke with 5 San Diego California ambassadors who shared their favorite local break with us, along with "insider" information & tips.

Easton Powell: Marine Street in La Jolla, California

Personal bodysurfing style best described as: Smooth
Easton's Slyde Handboard of choice is:The Hawaiian Bula Drip

5 Epic Bodysurfing & Handboarding Breaks San Diego California Edition


Marine Street Beach is a sandy beach located in the upscale community of La Jolla at the west end of Marine Street and Sea Lane. 

  • Type of Break: Easily Accessible Beach Break
  • Good for: Intermediate Bodysurfers & Handboarders
  • Landscape: Epic Instagram worthy landscape with tide pools & close to other epic breaks
  • Temperatures: Average water temp is 63 & average air temperature is 73
  • Wave Quality: 4/5 stars (5 best)
  • Average wave size: 4 to 5 feet
  • Ideal Conditions are early morning and with a WNW swell
  • Best time of day & year to bodysurf here: Time of day is early morning to noon, summer and spring is ideal time of year.
  • Crowds: Crowded during Summer months
  • Dangers & Hazards: Marine/Sea Life, Steep Drop, Unwelcoming Locals
  • Fun Facts: Deep pits if you take the wave right, lots of pretty girls in the summer, great Mexican food close by. 

Cliff Gonshery: Tourmaline Beach La Jolla, California

Personal Bodysurfing Style best described: As fun & cruisey.
Cliff's Slyde Handboard of choice is: The Slyde Carbon Fiber Wedge.

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Tourmaline Beach is located approximately 1 mile north of Crystal Pier in Pacific beach, and includes a public parking lot, beach restrooms and showers.

  • Type of Break: Easily Accessible Beach Break
  • Good for: Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced Bodysurfers & Handboarders
  • Landscape: Instagram worthy chill vibe & one of the best sunsets in San Diego.
  • Temperatures: Average water temperature 63 Average Air Temperature 72
  • Wave Quality: 4/5 (5 Best)
  • Average wave size: 2-4 foot
  • Ideal conditions are:Fairly consistent exposed beach break, summer best 
  • Best time of day & year to handboard here: Year Round
  • Crowds: Crowded year round
  • Dangers & Hazards: none
  • Fun Fact: can walk to an awesome dive bar after your whomp "The West End"

Makena Magro: Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, CA

Personal Bodysurfing Style best described as:  I like to think my style is very natural, but unique at the same time. I like to use my strength to help me explode into the waves and from there I become one with the wave.
Makena's Slyde Handboard of Choice: The Hawaiian Bula Enoka

5 Epic Bodysurfing & Handboarding Breaks San Diego California Edition

Oceanside Pier: Is located in North County San Diego, the last surf town San Diego to arriving in Orange County California. Home of the World Bodysurfing Championshipsevery August.

  • Type of Break: Easily Accessible Beach Break
  • Good for: Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced Bodysurfers & Handboard
  • Landscape: Oceanside Pier has beautiful landscape and is located right in downtown Oceanside with a good stretch of beach close to other breaks.
  • Temperatures: Average water temperature 55-65 in winter 65-75 in summer. Air temp varies but lowest 70's
  • Wave Quality: 4/5 (5 Best)
  • Average wave size: 3-4 on regular day, 6-8 with a good swell
  • Ideal conditions are: if there is a swell rolling in conditions are really good. no swell conditions go from poor-fair
  • Best time of year to handboard here: Winter Swells and sunrise or sunset
  • Crowds: Crowded year round
  • Dangers & Hazards: Rip currents
  • Fun Facts: when there are no lifeguards on duty, shoot the pier.  

Andrew Cha  Scripps Pier, La Jolla CA

Personal bodysurfing style best described as: Relaxed
Andrew's Slyde Handboard of choice is:The Racketeer Wedge

5 Epic Bodysurfing & Handboarding Breaks San Diego California Edition - scripps pier

Scripps Pier is located below the institution of Oceanography, the pier itself is not open to the public.  Offering up both left and right hand waves.

  • Type of Break: Easily Accessible beach break
  • Good for: Beginner to Intermediate Bodysurfers & Handboarders
  • Landscape: Very Instagram worthy, people enjoy taking sunset pictures below the pier as the sun light fades away below it & close to other great breaks.
  • Average water temp: 68 Air 75
  • Wave Quality: 3/5 (5 Best)
  • Average Wave Size: 3-5ft
  • Ideal conditions:  Offshore winds from west northwest & mid-tide.
  • Best time of year to handboard: Winter Swells
  • Crowds: Crowded year round
  • Dangers & Hazards: Rip Currents
  • Fun Facts: Handboarding with dolphins is a fairly frequent occurrence here.
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Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, Bluefly.com However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.


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