THE VIBE WE'RE RATING OUR FAVORITE SURF SPOTS BY DIFFICULTY LEVEL s o d n o BEGINNER Easy-breaking waves unfold like a soft ribbons, making this the goto spot to learn. h c a Be EMMA WOOD CALIF ORNIA STREE T Off Pacific Coast Hwy MODERATE TO ADVANCED This beach break serves up wedgy peaks with quick drops and short, fast rides. Off Highway 101 BEGINNER TO MODERATE Ventura's point break is famed for its long rides on perfectly shaped waves. Big winter swells turn it into a world class playground. At California St. & Harbor Blvd. 66 @VISITVENTURA From left to right: Photo by Lucas Dorward, Michelle Evans, Briana Diamond, Beba Sepit and Maya Sacks M But remember, Mother Nature can throw in a wild card. The tamest spot can become something quite different during a big swell; and every spot can go flat. Also, very important: surf spots get crowded, and the sport has its rules. At C-Street, there are signs posted on the promenade that explain surf etiquette. Better still - just ask.