D Street's Reef and Surf
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
Tide: Low to Medium but a High tide doesn't totally ruin
Swell Directing: West and Northwest swells but during
the Summer months, a clean Southwest swell can lead to some
awesome waves along this beach.
Winds: No wind is best but if any, a East wind will do
Size: Anywhere from 2 - 10 feet.
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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