For a rugged, isolated, backcountry surfing experience, try surfing in Channel Islands National Park. These islands are just miles off the coast of southern California, but they are a world of their own. Depending on the swell direction, surfing is possible at several locations on Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Islands. Pristine sandy beaches on the backsides of these islands feature lonely, yet beautiful surf spots. Generally, the north shore of the islands is best during the northwest swells of winter/spring and the south shore is best during the south swells of summer/fall. All surf spots are remote and are best accessed by private boat due to the islands’ rugged terrain and the hiking distance from the designated landing areas where the park concession vessels drop off visitors.