Surf Report, 10/12/14

posted: October 12th, 2014 14:17 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold

Surfing CdM in the Winter

Winter is the time of year that people don’t usually associate with surfing. Surprisingly, though, it is equally as good if not better than surfing in the summer. Despite the cold water and air temperatures, surfing in the winter is a great way to get out of the house and break out the surfboard that’s been sitting in your garage since summer. A combination of offshore winds and big north west or even south swells can make for epic surf sessions in the winter. The best part about surfing this time of year is you don’t have to deal with large crowds, especially in the secluded and peaceful breaks of Crystal Cove. So break out your 4/3 and hit the water because winter is one of the best times of year to catch quality waves in CdM.

Surf Report, 8/27/2014

posted: August 27th, 2014 08:10 am | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold


This morning, a huge south east swell hit the beaches of Corona del Mar producing abnormally big and powerful waves. The reason this swell is so enormous is because it is being produced by a hurricane off of the California Coast. Every beach in CdM is seeing waves anywhere from 8-12ft in size. Swells like the Hurricane Mary swell only happen every few years so if you have some free time come down to Crystal Cove or Big Corona and witness first hand the raw power of mother nature.

Surf Report, 7/24/2014

posted: July 24th, 2014 18:14 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold

So far this summer, Corona del Mar has seen very few significant swells. To most surfers this means a lot of their summer days have been filled with lousy beach days and days spent at home with nothing to do.

But to the divers of CdM, this is heaven. When the surf is small, the water becomes crystal clear and the sea life comes alive. The beaches of Corona del Mar are known for their beauty, but little do people know that there is a whole new world waiting to be explored off the shore.

There are countless reefs filled with garibaldi, calico bass, bat rays, stunning sea urchins and much more. One of the best reefs to explore, especially for novice divers and snorkelers, is about 40 yards off of Little Corona right around the rock formations on the north side of the beach. When the waves are small, the visibility at this reef can reach upwards of 20 feet. So if you find yourself bored on a day when the waves are bad grab a dive mask and some fins and go exploring!

Surf Report, 7/5/2014

posted: July 5th, 2014 20:44 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold

The First Swell of Summer

After weeks of waiting, there is finally a big south swell hitting CdM on July 4. The waves on Saturday were going to be about 4-5 feet and on Sunday, the peak of the swell, the waves are expected to be 6-7ft+. Since this weekend is Fourth of July, the crowds are going to be crazy both in and out of the water. If you want to avoid crowds in Newport, CdM is the perfect place to catch some epic waves. The south swell will be hitting reef point perfectly making for a big punchy left off of the cliff.

Surf Report, 3/2/2014

posted: March 2nd, 2014 14:42 pm | 1Comment

By Bennie Seybold, Special to Corona del Mar Today

On Friday of this week, a massive storm swell from the West hit Corona del Mar that was accompanied by strong winds and lots of rain. On Friday afternoon, the waves were 2-3 feet, but the winds created chop that made the waves unridable. On Saturday morning, the waves picked up through the day from 3-4 feet to 5-6 feet. There was a strong south wind that slowly eased throughout the day. On Sunday, the waves had nice shape and were 3-5 feet.

Standout Breaks

El Morro: El Morro saw some great conditions on Saturday and Sunday. The waves were breaking off the rocks at the south side of El Morro making for fun, long rides. The waves were barreling even with the heavy winds midday Saturday.


The storm swell will continue through Monday and a new WNW swell will hit late Tuesday producing 3-5 foot waves through Saturday. The winds are expected to shift to offshore starting Monday making for epic conditions.

Surf Report, 12/22/2013

posted: December 22nd, 2013 16:06 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold, special to Corona del Mar Today

Where to Surf During Christmas Break

Because CDM is located right next to the peninsula (one of the best surf spots in the world), it is usually overlooked by your typical Newport Beach surfer. What people don’t know about CdM is that it actually accepts winter swells better than the peninsula does. Spots like El Morro and Scotchman’s can be really peaky and hollow on NW and WNW swells that usually hit our beaches during the winter. The waves look promising over the next two weeks with both NW and WNW swells coming in. The waves should be consistently 2-3ft at standout spots and may pick up to 3-4ft after New Years. So if you’re planning on surfing over the break and want to avoid the crowds, head down to El Morro or Scotchman’s for some peaky, epic waves.

Surf Report, 12/1/2013

posted: December 1st, 2013 14:48 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Sebyold

Almost all of the surf breaks in Corona del Mar are very safe and offer fun waves that can be ridden by people of all skill levels. There is one though that some say is as dangerous as the Wedge — Scotchman’s.

Scotchman’s is located next to off of Scotchman’s Cove in Crystal Cove. The reason that Scotchman’s is so dangerous is because the only thing separating you from the jagged, rocky reef below is 3 to 4 feet of water. Surprisingly, this surf break isn’t that well known to the typical Newport Beach surfer because not many people are daring enough to ride it. Depending on the magnitude of the swell, Scotchman’s can either be barreling or slightly crumbly. Scotsman’s is best during a South swell and can be ridden on a long or short board. If you are an adrenaline junkie and a South swell hits CdM, be sure to check out Scotchman’s for some of the best waves in CdM.

Surf Report, 11/3/2013

posted: November 3rd, 2013 16:28 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold

Best Surf Breaks in CdM

Newport Beach is known around the world as one of the best surf spots for both beginners and pros.

Because of the attention that Newport receives, people tend to overlook the many surf spots that Corona del Mar has to offer. One of the best is The Point at El Morro. When a combination swell hits CdM, the waves slightly refract off of the cliff face and create a perfect, barreling left. El Morro also offers a couple other peaky breaks along the beach that are great for bodysurfing, body boarding, and surfing. Another epic but dangerous break in CdM is Reef Point. This break is also in Crystal Cove and is a sketchy reef break. When a South swell and North swell combine, this spot offers a long, steep left. The only problem is that under the water is a rocky, jagged reef. Make one mistake and you and your board could be broken!

Surf Report, 10/6/2013

posted: October 6th, 2013 15:43 pm | 1Comment

By Bennie Seybold


A really nice sized, long period SSW swell and a small NW wind swell hit Corona del Mar on Wednesday. The swell topped out over the weekend and the waves were about 4-6ft.

Water Temperature and Weather

The water this week has been a warm 68 degrees. On Friday and Saturday, the Santa Ana winds hit all of Newport. The Santa Ana winds blow off-shore, and off-shore winds make the waves very hollow and clean. Saturday morning was insanely windy, but the waves were amazing.

Stand Out Breaks for this Week

El Morro: The large SSW swell combined with the insane off shore winds made for an epic couple of days at El Morro. There were perfect, hollow lefts coming off of the rocks and the wave shape was nice all the way down the beach.


In the beginning of next week, the waves are going to be pretty small because the SSW swell is fading. On Friday, a new, long period SSW swell will move in and produce good-sized waves over the weekend.

Surf Report, 9/15/2013

posted: September 15th, 2013 22:14 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold


The waves this week FINALLY picked up. A nice sized SW swell moved in on Thursday and produced 3-5ft waves on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the waves were1-3ft as the SW swell began to die down.

Water Temperature and Weather

This week has been a strange week for weather. On most days, there was thick fog over the ocean in the morning that made for cold and sketchy conditions. The water temperature was about 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stand Out Breaks for this Week

El Morro: On Friday and Saturday the waves at El Morro were hollow and clean but a bit walled. They were perfect for getting little barrels and on Friday, the waves were breaking off of the rocks.


As the SW swell fades into this coming week, a new NW wind swell will hit early on Monday. On Tuesday, a nice sized S-SSE swell will hit and will carry on through Saturday.