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The Lowers Lowdown | Rip Curl WSL Finals
From directions and parking to local events and grinds, this is your ultimate guide to San Clemente and the Rip Curl WSL Finals.
Whether you’re a seasoned local or first-time San Clemente visitor, we have you covered. From directions and parking to local events and grinds, this is your ultimate guide to San Clemente and the Rip Curl WSL Finals.
The Rip Curl WSL Finals is open to the public and does not require payment upon entry to the event site. Rip Curl recommends wearing a face mask and following all local COVID protocols and restrictions.
Driving & Parking Directions
Coming from the North or South, there is only one way in and out, via the San Diego Freeway. Take the 5 Freeway North/South until you hit Cristianitos Road, exit, and head East. There you’ll find a large pay parking lot, along with public parking on nearby streets.
Getting to Lowers
After you park, there are two main ways to get to Lowers:
1. Simply walk down the asphalt trail from the trailhead at Cristianitos Road, near where Cristianitos crosses over the Freeway. Most will walk, bike, or skate the trail. Beware of hordes of quick E-Bikes blowing by along the path. Once the trail ends, follow the train tracks to the left until you reach the event site.
2. You can also park at San Onofre State Beach by exiting at Basilone Road, then head West to the entrance of San Onofre State Beach named ‘Surf Beach’. There is a fee to drive into the State Park, and the walk is considerably longer.
What to Bring
If you’re attending the Rip Curl WSL Finals, be prepared to spend all day under the sun. Summer in Southern California is definitely still kicking in September. The average September temp is a high of 86°F and low of 61°F, so pack for a hot day! Luckily, getting ready for a summer beach day is probably the best event attire we can think of...
The Big Three: Swimwear, Headwear and Footwear.
Swimwear: Staring at that lineup all day will eventually get enticing. Soon you’ll be wanting to take a dip yourself – be sure you’re prepared with a pair of boardshorts or your favorite bikini. Explore some of the styles you’ll be seeing on your favorite Rip Curl athletes, here.
Headwear: Be sure to stuff a good hat or sun hat in that bag! You’ll keep your face out of the sun and ensure the glare doesn’t cause you to miss any action. Explore our favorites by clicking here.
Footwear: Another necessity is a good pair of sandals for your walk or ride down. This can be easily forgotten and you’ll be regretting the sneaker stride all the way down. Want the pair made especially for the journey? Explore the Trestles Sandals now.
Bag: You'll need a solid backpack or beach bag to carry all that gear in. You’ll be leaving the car far from the event site - you’ll want all your stuff in a single, organized, durable space thats build for the journey.
Umbrella: While that bright San Clemente weather is one of Trestles most attractive traits, the sun can be downright brutal. With no shade to hide under on the beach, a good beach umbrella is your best bet for relief.
Towels: Your most versatile piece in the kit. Use it to sit or lay on, change clothes, dry off post dip, throw over your head for shade, the list goes on and on. A towel or changing poncho will be your best friend all day long.
Water: Maybe the most important thing on the list, is also the hardest to find at Lowers. Grab the special edition event Hydroflask and fill it up before you hit the trail. We’ll have fill stations for it at the event too!
Rip Curl WSL Finals Collection: Want to rep the first ever Rip Curl WSL Finals being held in our backyard of San Clemente? Explore the exclusive, limited edition collection now before it's gone!
What to Do
Rip Curl San Clemente Store: Located just North of the Trestles parking lot, check out the Rip Curl San Clemente Store, the hub of the inaugural Rip Curl WSL Finals. Open 8am-5pm daily, you will find event artist Jeff Lukasik painting a large event mural, free coffee, official event merch, and anything else you forgot along the way!
San Clemente Pier: Located 3.5 miles from Trestles, the San Clemente Pier is an iconic landmark. Head over to this area to be in the heart of San Clemente, where you can find delicious restaurants and shops on Avenida Del Mar, the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, the San Clemente Beach Coastal Trail, and more.
Surfing Heritage and Culture Center: Located 7 miles from Trestles, the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center is the perfect spot to visit when in town for the World Surf League 2021 Finals. Find surfing artifacts, surfboards, memorabilia, photography, video, and periodical and scholarly works from around the world.
Talega Golf Club: Located 7.5 miles from Trestles, the Talega Golf Club is great for those interested in more than just surfing during WSL Finals weekend. With 18 holes, beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, and beautiful San Clemente scenery, this golf course has been ranked America’s Top Golf Course.
Want to learn more about the Rip Curl WSL Finals? Explore our main event page below!Event Page