Swell Saturday: Big Barrels, Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

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This video shows Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California at it’s finest.  I don’t thing there is another major city on Earth with surf within its city limits that is this good.

During winter 2012, big swells, offshore conditions, and big barrels plagued Ocean Beach.  This vid shows us two days of Twiggy and the Long brothers getting it good.

Ocean Beach Info:

Ocean Beach is a beach that runs along the west coast of San FranciscoCaliforniaUnited States, at the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District. The Great Highway runs alongside the beach, and the Cliff Houseand the site of the former Sutro Baths sit at the northern end. The beach is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service.

During the late spring and summer, San Francisco’s characteristic foggy weather frequently envelops the beach, resulting in average temperatures of 50°F to 55°F (9°C to 12°C) and discouraging visitation by tourists and beach goers.[citation needed] However, the beach is popular with surfers and participants in bonfire parties.[citation needed] More beach-friendly weather occurs in late fall and early spring, when fog is less prevalent.

On November 6, 2011, Ocean Beach played site to a monumental achievement in the sport of surfing. In the Rip Curl Pro surfing contest, the legendary Kelly Slater won his unprecedented 11th ASP world championship at the age of 39. This was the only one of his championships won in the continental United States.

The water at Ocean Beach is noteworthy for its strong currents and waves, which makes it popular among serious surfers. The water is cold, due in part to a process known as upwelling, in which frigid water from below the ocean surface rises to replace the surface water that moves away from the beach as a result of the Coriolis effect. The rapid rip currents and cold water make the ocean dangerous for casual swimmers and even those who simply want to set foot in it, and swimmers have been swept away and drowned.[citation needed] Nevertheless, the beach is one of the Bay Area‘s top surfing spots. The southern portion of the beach by Sloat Boulevard is one of the cleanest in the state.[1]

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