In Marin County, Northern California, you will find the reef break that is Bolinas (also called the Patch). The wave is formed over a long rocky reef that extends from the cliffs at the northern side of the beach. The waves here are pretty easy to surf and crumble for up to 150 meters. These waves are perfect for learning and cruising.
What are the best surf conditions for Bolinas?
Gets good between waist high up to overhead, it rarely gets bigger. A longboard is always the best choice for this spot, the waves are not steep and can be quite weak. Beginners to advanced longboarders will all have a great time here. The surf here is semi-consistent (5/10), and will be packed on weekends in the summer (7/10). Offshore winds come from the North and Northwest, the best swells come from the South or Southwest, and the best tides are mid to high.
We recommend wearing a 4/3 in the summer when the water temps rise to around 14 degrees. In the winter a 5/4 might be required when water temps drop to around 11 degrees. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.