From the flawless right-hand point breaks of Santa Barbara and Malibu to the thumping beach breaks of Oxnard and Newport Beach, Southern California hosts an abundance of surf spots. On the best days, these surf breaks are world class. Unfortunately for the surfers among us, the requisite conditions don’t always line up, leaving us to make do with less-than-ideal surf. Such is life. Of the numerous variables which determine surf quality, perhaps the most impactful is the ebb and flow of the tides. Most surf breaks are “tide sensitive,” their quality varying greatly with tidal conditions. Some are most rideable at low tide. For instance, at low tide, the “Queen of the Coast,” Rincon in Carpinteria, forms waves of machine-like perfection. But extreme high tides overwhelm the line-up, turning Rincon dormant.