Inside Tips for Surfing Donuts
Experienced Surfers Only
The location of Donuts surf break, close to point where the Pacific Ocean meets the mouth of San Diego Bay, creates strong currents for surfing and boating alike. For this reason, many experienced surfers recommend keeping a maximum of three people in your boat. Taking more than that appears to increase the likelihood of anchor failure, as the current can drag heavy boats towards the reef.
Go with a Local Surfer
If it’s your first time going to Donuts, speaking with local surfers is highly recommended. At the very least, they can help you mark the offshore location on your map. That way you can scout out the best spots to anchor and approach the break.
Plan for a Full Day
Because of the effort involved in reaching this spectacular spot, you should plan on spending a full day boating and surfing as long as the conditions are right. Take along something to eat and plenty of liquids, in addition to a generous amount of sunblock. Besides having a nutritious lunch, it’s a good idea to grab some trail mix or another snack with lots of protein, carbs and natural sugars. That way, if your blood sugar drops, you have a filling source of instant calories to replenish your energy.
Do Not Enter the Cabrillo Sea Cave
Be very careful around the coastal area of the Cabrillo Sea Cave. The rock formations may capture your interest on the way to Donuts, but they’re located inside a protected area of Cabrillo National Monument. Anyone who attempts to access them can receive federal fines and be arrested. In addition, the strong currents and tidal changes make them extremely dangerous.
It’s best to enjoy any coastal vistas around Point Loma from a safe distance on your boat.