Long, elegant right-breaking point wave located on the border between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties; nicknamed "Queen of the Coast," and regarded as America's gold-standard pointbreak. "At times the wave is so close to perfection," surf journalist Bill Cleary wrote of Rincon del Mar (Little Corner of the Sea) in 1966, "that maneuvering—nose rides, turning and cutbacks—seems inappropriate, an insult to the dignity of the wave."

Rincon breaks best from late fall to early spring, during th...