The Emma Wood State Beach SUP paddle in Ventura, starts at the Seaside Wilderness Park & follows the coast along the state beach. This paddle is a great paddle to practice your surfing skills & getting out past the break. It is also a great way to test your open ocean skills. My favorite thing about this paddle is that on a clear day, you can see the outline of the Channel Islands. The Emma Wood State Beach SUP paddle is on the open ocean, so this paddle is only recommended for advanced paddlers with open ocean & surfing experience.
|Best time:||Morning at Low Tide|
|Parking:||Free & Paid ($10)|
Being right off the 101 freeway & 2 miles west of Ventura. Depending on the direction you are coming will determine how to get there:
From the South
If coming from Los Angeles, or anywhere south of Ventura, it is easiest to get there by taking the 101 to California Street, then turning right, and then by taking a left at Main Street. Then follow Main Street until the 101 is back in view and turn left onto Park Access Rd.
From the North
Coming this way is much easier since you just take the offramp to W Main Street in Ventura from the 101 & take the immediate right.
Address for GPS:
This parking is not idea since it is a long, long walk to the beach. Not to mention, even in the off-season, it is almost always full. But, there is a few spots on dirt on the side of the road that offer free street parking from 5am – 3am.
The paid parking cost $10 for day parking & you just follow the Park Access Road to access it. Please note: day parking is different than campground parking. I usually choose the soonest spot I can find, since it is closest to the area of Emma Wood State beach without tons of slippery rocks to crawl over to get into the water.
The Seaside Wilderness Park has restrooms, showers, & water fountains. For more information on the campground & reservations there, click here.
- Leash (In surf zone)
- PFD (On SUP past surf zone)
Cautions & Hazards
This paddle is on the open ocean in a common surf break area. Thus, it can be difficult & dangerous to get out past the break for the paddle. I highly recommend having open ocean or surfing experience before performing this paddle. The danger of this paddle is amplified due to the fact that there are slippery & large rocks surrounding most of the park. I recommend going at low-tide simply because you can actually see the rocks when you are going out & coming in from the paddle. There are places without rocks at the beach & the map above shows where you should go in & take out for that reason. The area without rocks at low-tide is to surfer’s left of the old graffiti’s WWII relic.
As aways, check the conditions before you go out there & compare your skill versus how the water is. It can get rough fast, so don’t think twice about ending this paddle early. While you can always start at the top of Emma Wood State Beach, I recommend against this since the swell heads more south in direction.
Additional Links & Resources
- If you’re thirsty for some good craft beers after your paddle, check out Topa Topa Brewing Company, it’s just a few miles from the Beach & they have an awesome selection of IPAs.
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