The Central Coast Cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Port Hueneme Are Stoked to Celebrate California’s Official State Sport with Top 7 Famous Surf Spots in Ventura County

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.  (Sept 19, 2018) — The Ventura County Coast tourism organization celebrates the first-ever California Surfing Day on September 20, 2018.  The recent announcement by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared the iconic California pastime as the state’s official sport. Additionally, 9/20 has been designated as the official holiday to commemorate the California surfing lifestyle and honor the history, culture and future of surfing.

“Nothing represents the California Dream better than surfing – riding the waves and living in harmony with the beautiful beaches and ocean of our Golden State,” said the bill’s co-author, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).

Ventura County surf breaks were made famous by the Beach Boys back in 1963 with not one, but two references in their massive hit song, “Surfin’ USA.” Rincon and County Line are both within the Ventura region. With perfect year-round weather and consistent great surf, it’s no doubt that Ventura County Coast is the place for beginning surfers to catch a wave and for pros to hang ten.

“We consider Ventura County Coast to be one of the original birthplaces of California surf culture,” says Executive Director of Ventura County Coast, Brian Tucker. “From this day forward, surfers should consider September 20th as their day.”

Surfing enthusiasts are encouraged to share in the celebration and create excitement in their surfing communities by using the official hashtag #CaliforniaSurfingDay on September 20.

Known as an under-the-radar and budget-friendly laidback coastal destination located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Ventura County is the official start of the Central Coast and is also the gateway to the Channel Islands National Park.

Top 7 Surf Breaks in Ventura County

  1. County Line Beach Just north of Malibu, County Line has good waves to surf all year round. Surfers love to take in the amazing views of the California coastline and ocean wildlife such as dolphins, seals and even whales just offshore. The swell can get big, but on average, there are good waves for surfers of all levels to enjoy. It’s also a great spot for beginners to get their feet wet.
  2. Rincon Point State Beach – Surfers come from all over the world to surf the famous Rincon Classic making it one of America’s top surfing destinations. Often called “The Queen of the California Coast,” Rincon offers three great locations that provide constant, steady, surf-able sets: The Cove, Rivermouth and Indicator. The point faces south creating beautiful rights and is one of the best spots when a good swell comes in.
  3. ‘C’ Street/Surfers’ Point – Located near the historic Ventura Pier off Main Street in Downtown Ventura, ‘C’ Street/Surfers Point is one of the most known spots to surf in the region. With a point that faces south, the waves come from the west and curl around it making right-hand waves that roll in consistently. It’s a popular spot for longboarders and shortboarders who want to catch a long wave towards the Ventura Pier.
  4. Port Hueneme Beach – With consistent surf, Port Hueneme is a trustworthy surf spot any time of the year. It is often uncrowded with plenty of peaks and an incredible beach break.
  5. Mondo’s Beach – Located north of Ventura, Mondo’s is a great spot for beginners of all ages. With an easy wave and long rides, Mondo’s is good for those on longboards and stand-up paddleboarders. While there are no facilities here, the parking is free making it a popular spot for the locals.
  6. Silver Strand Beach – Located in Oxnard, Silver Strand is a favorite spot for the locals. It’s a mile-long beach that is split into three sections: The Jetty, The Bowl and La Jenelle. The Bowl has much harder sandbar waves and you can catch the locals here any day; the best time to visit is after the winter rainstorms that cause a nearby berm to break, causing swells to double in size.
  7. Emma Wood State Beach – Not only a great beach campsite, Emma Wood draws surfers all year long. The left beach break at the south end of the park is known as Mushpots; J-Bowls is the right beach break at the northern end. There’s also a reef break known as Ventura Overhead that breaks a quarter-mile offshore and only works with big winter swells. Experienced surfers wait for the winter swell – when it does show up, it’s the best wave along the coast.

The Golden State boasts more than 1,000 miles of coastline, as well as some of the world’s best surf breaks. Visit California is proud to spread the word about this milestone holiday and emphasize that the best waves are here in California.

To download Ventura County surf photos, click here.

To learn more about California Surfing Day, please see Visit California’s dedicated page:

About Ventura County Lodging Association

“Ventura County Coast” is a tourism brand encompassing the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme. The brand is administered by the Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA), a membership comprising more than 70 lodging organizations (hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, RV resorts) and destination marketing organizations seeking to attract overnight business and leisure visitors to the region. For more information, visit Follow Ventura County Coast on Facebook (VenturaCountyCoast), Twitter (@VisitVCCoast) and Instagram (@VisitVCCoast).

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Sienna Spencer-Markles, McCue Communications
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