Dana Point

Beachfront city in south Orange County, California; a surf industry hot-spot for more than 50 years. Dana Point was named after 19th-century American author and sailor Richard Henry Dana, who described the area in his 1840 book Two Years Before the Mast. By the late 1950s, surfers had mapped out five different breaks at Dana Point, and the main spot—a right-breaking wave located just off the headland, sometimes called "Killer Dana"—was famous up and down the coast for producing bigger surf th...