SURF SHOPS

Northern Light Surf Shop, 17191 Bodega Hwy, Bodega, CA 94922
Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Bodega Hwy and Salmon Creek Rd
(707) 876-3032
northernlightsurf.com

Kool City Surf Shop
20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio, CA 95462
Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Bohemian Hwy and Church St
(707) 865-9613

Bodega Bay Surf Shack, 1400 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Highway 1 and Bodega Ave
(707) 875-3944
bodegabaysurf.com

Sonoma Coast Surf Shop, 9 4th St, Petaluma, CA 94952
Cross Streets: Between Kentucky St/A St and B St
(707) 763-3860
sonomacoastsurfshop.com

wannaSurf
http://www.wannasurf.com/spot/North_America/USA/California/Sonoma/index.html

Surfline
http://www.surfline.com/travel/index.cfm?id=2948

Bodega Bay serves as a western gateway to some of the most renowned wine country in the world.There are only four towns on the entire Sonoma coast, in between which lie miles and miles of either inaccessible and/or unsurfable beaches. There is a jewel or two, but these are really only ridden and scored by the locals.
As they lie within the boundary of the official Red Triangle (Santa Cruz to the Farallon Islands to Bodega Bay), Marin and Sonoma counties are shark central. This coast has lots of rocks, seaweed and places for seals and sea lions to hang around, so the sharks know where to go. Unfortunately, the best surf is where most of the sea life exists, so every session can be seen as a roll of the dice. Fall is the best time for scoring clean surf and sunny skies.The prevailing winds are usually the lightest this time of year, so if you're going to visit lower Northern California to surf, come during the months of September through November.

RUSSIAN RIVERMOUTH - JENNER
The Russian Rivermouth will either love you or hate you, since it's fickle and schizophrenic with its dependency on proper sand flow to create an epic bar. The sandspit here is home, sweet home to a large posse of harbor seals, which resemble oversize grubs wriggling about on the sand (it's illegal for you to go near them). Needless to say, the sharks ignore the laws of the land and take their pick of the litter when they feel like it, and we all know what that means -- keep those feet up. When the Rivermouth's on, the wave itself is typically a right barrel, shallow with lots of currents. It can be insanely good, but really only during the summer and early autumn. Big swells don't mix with the Russian Rivermouth, so wait for a small, clean pulse accompanied by light east winds and an incoming tide.
Best Tide:Incoming

Best Swell Direction:
W, SW

Best Size:
Waist-high to a couple of feet overhead
 
Best Wind:
E, NE

Perfect-O-Meter:
2 to 6 (1=Lake Erie; 10=Jeffreys Bay)

Bottom:
Sand

Ability Level:
Intermediate to advanced

Bring Your:
Shortboard and shark repellent

Best Season:
Late summer/early fall

Access: Easy.
At the sign on Highway 1 signaling toward Goat Rock, turn west onto State Park Road and drive to its end. From there, you simply hop out of your car and walk over to the mouth.

Crowd Factor:
You can have it to yourself, or share it with a few locals.

Local Vibe:
If there's anyone else out, the vibe's usually a little unpleasant at first, but if you make some small-talk with that solemn bearded guy wearing a helmet, things could take a turn for the better.

Bicep Burn:
3 (1=1ft Waikiki; 10=15ft Ocean Beach)

Poo Patrol:
1 to 4 (1=clean; 10=turds in the lineup)

Shark Danger:
11 on a scale of 1-10 (1=none; 10=bring an iron cage)

Hazards:
Sharks


SALMON CREEK
The most popular surfing spot in the county -- powerful beachbreak resembling San Francisco's Ocean Beach. The tiny enclave of Salmon Creek is quite humble -- a cluster saltbox homes fronting piles of crab pots and fishing buoys. Most surfers frequenting Salmon Creek Beach drive from inland areas like Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, much to the dismay of coastline natives. Thus, you get your mix here of the clean-shaven, new-Toyota-truck types from the big city versus hard-edged, rusty-pickup-driving Bodega fishermen. Once you drive north of Salmon Creek, however, the glitter fades and the isolation increases. The surf? Well, Salmon Creek, as mentioned, is a heavy wave that will kick your ass no matter how many times you've surfed Puerto Escondido. Getting outside can be tougher than escaping from Alcatraz, but there's usually a couple of natural paddling channels if the swell is peaky enough. Salmon Creek can hold big swells: 10 to 12 feet on Buoy 13. This doesn't mean that you'll be able to make it out or even consider a go-out, but it's worth a look. The currents and undertow are notorious, too, and it blows out fairly easily. The area in front of the parking lot is the most heavily trodden peak, but you can always find your own wave with a short walk to the south. If you're accustomed to riding big, burly beachbreaks, Salmon Creek is for you. If you're accustomed to riding waist-high mushburgers at San Onofre, stick to Doran farther south.

Best Tide:
High

Best Swell Direction:
Whatever's peaky, crossed up swells

Best Size:
Chest-high to double-overhead plus

Best Wind:
E

Perfect-O-Meter:
2 to 5 (1=Lake Erie; 10=Jeffreys Bay)

Bottom:
Sand

Ability Level:
Intermediate to advanced

Bring Your:
Shortboard/funboard if it's smallish, gun if it's pumping

Best Season:
Fall

Access:
For Bean Avenue, turn onto Bean Avenue off Highway 1 and drive to its end. For Salmon Creek proper, pull into the paved North Salmon Creek Beach parking lot off Highway 1, one mile north of Bodega Bay. Take one of the trails down to the sand.

Crowd Factor:
Can see a fair-sized group of guys, but, again, there's plenty of room.

Local Vibe:
Not too bad, unless you count the grumpy fisherman from Salmon Creek or the disgruntled ab diver from Bodega Bay. Most of the guys you'll see here are inland folk more accustomed to people and crowds.

Bicep Burn:
3 to 10. Heavy. (1=1ft Waikiki; 10=15ft Ocean Beach)

Poo Patrol:
2 (1=clean; 10=turds in the lineup)

Shark Danger:
10 (1=none; 10=bring an iron cage)

Hazards:
Seeing how this break lies at the mouth of a major creek, you can be certain that there's a clear and present shark danger. There have been three attacks here since 2000.

DORAN BEACH
Located one mile south of downtown Bodega Bay, Doran is a sheltered, shallow and powerful beachbreak that's usually closed out. It faces south, so northwest winds howl offshore here, making it a springtime spot. Doran is popular when the surf is too big everywhere else, but forget about it if the winds are from the south. Favored by novices and bodyboarders who commute from the inland cities of Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, Doran will make anyone feel like he's WCT status. Beginners are most at home here than at any other spot in the county due to its shallowness and shelter, but Doran can dish up some pounding tubes, so beware -- it wouldn't be difficult to break your neck or bust a fin out on the bottom here.

Best Tide:
Higher

Best Swell Direction:
S, or long period W and NW

Best Size:
Chest high to a couple feet overhead

Best Wind:
N, NW

Perfect-O-Meter:
2 (1=Lake Erie; 10=Jeffreys Bay)

Bottom:
Sand

Ability Level:
Beginner to intermediate

Bring Your:
Shortboard, skimboard or bodyboard

Best Season:
Spring

Access:
Exit Highway 1 onto Doran Beach Road

Crowd Factor:
Unless it's north winds and peaky, hardly anybody will be in the water here

Local Vibe:
None

Bicep Burn:
2 (1=1ft Waikiki; 10=15ft Ocean Beach)

Poo Patrol:
2 (1=clean; 10=turds in the lineup)

Shark Danger:
6 (1=none; 10=bring an iron cage)

Hazards:
A fairly safe spot. Except for an occasional shark.