Remember as a kid how this was the time of year to get out and explore? Since the season’s now in full swing, we’re determined to get out of the office, into the sun, and bring a little of that adventurous spirit back to our summer! That means we’re finally trying out what’s maybe the most quintessentially “California” summer activity of all – surfing.

We know. It’s ridiculous that we’ve got the entire Cali coastline at our disposal but don’t even know where to begin. So when we learned our Venice Beach neighbors at Mollusk Surf Shop also had a shop minutes away from the San Francisco Pressed Juicery outpost, we knew their founders John McCambridge and Johanna St. Clair could shine some light on not only the best surf spots from North to South – but where to kick back and hang out post-surf, too. This list includes sea otters, kelp beds, and refueling with pie, so obviously we’re sold. Whether you’re a newbie (like us) or a seasoned pro (like this girl!), these six must-stop surf spots will have you hopping into your car and catching waves faster than you can say hang ten

Top 3 Surf Spots, Bay Area:

Anywhere in Santa Cruz

Why: Kelp beds, sea otters, and long peeling waves
Where to go after: Dharma’s Restaurant in Capitola – a ’70s style heath food cafeteria!

Bean Hollow

Why: The waves aren’t ever that good…but the setting can’t be beat!
Where to go after: Duarte’s in Pescadero for delicious pies

Ocean Beach

Why: Because it’s near Mollusk…of course!
Where to go after: Mollusk, General Store, and Outerlands

Top 3 Surf Spots, SoCal:

Venice Beach

Why: Muscle-men, high-end snacks and overgrown succulent gardens.
Where to go after: Mollusk, Gjusta Bakery, and a stroll around the canals.

Leucadia in Encinitas

Why: Warm water and gentle waves
Where to go after: Pannikin Bakery and Surfy Surfy

Ocean Beach San Diego

Why: Funky beachtown vibes
Where to go after: A stroll along Sunset Cliffs

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