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D Street's Reef and Surf


The Reef:

There is no actual reef at D Street to speak of but more of a few rocks to watch out for. The bottom of D Street is mostly sandy and soft but make sure to be careful because as the sand moves and shifts with different swell types, it will change the topography of the ocean floor.

As you travel South of the D Street break, more and more rocks will show up, they aren't to be feared but caution must be taken when surfing around them.

A very clean day of surf at D Street

The Surf:

Best Tide: Low to Medium but a High tide doesn't totally ruin Moonlight beach.

Best Swell Directing: West and Northwest swells but during the Summer months, a clean Southwest swell can lead to some awesome waves along this beach.

Best Winds: No wind is best but if any, a East wind will do wonders.

Best Size: Anywhere from 2 - 10 feet.

Best Months to Catch it Going Off: The Winter months are best but awesome surf can still be found in the summer.


D Street is one of the best shaped and most consistent beach breaks in the surrounding Encinitas Area. Because of it's location, it's open to a variety of swell directions and can hold a decent swell in regards to size. D Street is best to surf on either a strong South swell or a moderate North West swell. In both instances the waves and direction of waves will change but still allow for a fun surf session. Because D Street is a beach break, you must watch out for rip tides and possible currents that could cause for danger while surfing. On bigger days these dangers escalate because there is so much water moving around on the beach and back out into the open ocean.

At D Street, there is an outside peak that can often be quite shifty  that will connect to the inside peaks. When the outside waves connect, they will most definitely speed up and become a wall of fun! I have had a few amazing barrels on the inside peaks of D Street so be sure to keep your eyes open for those opportunities.

A lucky surfer on an awesome wave

As the South swells come in the sand can shift a lot and make the waves at D Street much more challenging. These South swells seem to create many bowls along in the outside and inside peaks as well as increase the challenge of the drop ins. Although the South swells can be a challenge, they can be a lot of fun. With rampy sections and steep walls, it's like a skate park in the water!

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