Mondos, Pitas Point—California
Surf Report: In Ventura County, south of Santa Barbara, Mondos, on the inside of Pitas Point, has long and gentle waves over a sandy bottom, with a lot of room for everyone. The beach lacks massive swells because it's tucked away and shadowed by Santa Cruz Island so beginners can splash and crash on the inside without getting in anyone's way.
Scene: Some Ventura surfers consider Mondos a secret spot, although it's visible to the whole world from Route 101. Generally friendly on the inside, but don't get in anyone's way.
Bonus: Mondos faces south and gets summer swells that flow under Santa Cruz Island. Get good at Mondos and go nuts on all the classic points and reefs of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
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