Technically a series of beaches, Long Beach features a right-hand point break that works best with southeast winds from May to October. Since Long Beach is a crescent-shaped curve on the west side of the island, it is slightly more protected from northeast winds in the summer, but conditions can be variable in the winter. The area around Long Beach is home to numerous surf shops and surf schools, making it a popular destination for those new to surfing. However, the two central rock features, Incinerator Rock and Lovekin Rock, can attract rip-tides. For this reason, beginners at Long Beach are recommended to start their surf session with a lesson at one of the nearby schools in order to become familiar with these features and the area's currents. Starting with a school also offers the opportunity to meet locals, find secret surf areas, and learn where the best après-surf spots are.
- Difficulty: Beginner to Expert Surfers
- Driving time: 5 hr 15 min from Vancouver (including a ferry); 4 hr 15 min from Victoria (on Vancouver Island)