No need to watch the latest surfing flicks to catch a glimpse of the sport’s future. Just stake a beach chair into the sands below Encinitas’ D Street, where a talented crop of locals regularly put on a show. The beachbreak wave, which is fast, consistent and peaky, lends itself to airs and other progressive maneuvers (especially during combo swells). As such, shortboarders dominate here. Groms (young surfers), in particular, have the wave dialed in, outsurfing people twice their age with ease. Given the experience level, mind your manners and don’t drop in. D Street might not be the best spot in San Diego, but the moves executed by fellow surfers will replay in your head for days to come.
Best Swell: Combo swell, northwest and southwest
Best Season: Fall
Parking: Park along the end of D Street itself or trying the surrounding streets.