The Mondo’s SUP paddle starts at Mondo’s, a beginner surfing beach, & turns around at Pitas Point. Mondo’s, sometimes simply referred to as Faria Beach, is perfect for those who want a short paddle to take in the sun & have the opportunity to cruise a few waves. Located where the mountains meet the sea with only the PCH in between, Mondo’s offers a secluded & idyllic look into the true beauty of California’s coast. Even though Mondo’s SUP paddle is at a beginner surfer’s beach, the conditions & swell can swing the difficulty significantly on this open ocean coastal paddle.
|Best time:||Early Afternoon|
This paddle is north of Ventura by 1.9 miles, but below Carpinteria & right off of the PCH. So, if you’re coming from the north, take the 101 S to exit 78 Pacific Coast Highway. If you’re coming from the South, take the 101 N & take exit 72 toward State Beaches. There’s no signs for it, but there’s no RV parking here & you’ll likely see quite a few surfers in the area.
Address for GPS: 3560 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ventura, CA 93001
All the parking is free at Mondo’s, but police regularly monitor the beach so take the signs very seriously.
DO NOT PARK ON THE BEACH SIDE. Instead, park on the side farthest away from the beach.
You will get ticketed otherwise & please do not park in front of any of the beach houses. You’ll likely get towed if you block somebody’s spot.
There are quite a few bikers that go along the street so you will want to make sure that you are not parked in the bike lane & may want to consider twisting your side mirrors in.
There are not any facilities here. There are some port-a-potties at the north & south ends of the beaches. Either way, plan accordingly…
Cautions & Hazards
Being a coastal open ocean paddle, the paddle is very dependent upon the swell, tide, & wind. Check the conditions below & always bring along a partner.
Be aware that the tide can easily come up up to the rocks on the beach.
Also, during low tide, there can be rocks & tide pools in numerous areas around the beach.
This is a beginner surfer beach. If you follow this paddle as the map shows above, it pretty much avoids the wave sets until you get out past the break so you shouldn’t have any run-ins with the surfers unless you decide to go over there. Regardless, use basic surfer etiquette if you decide to surf in with the surfers & be respectful of the beach.
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