Located on the fringes of the Isla Vista community, Deverux and Sands are two distinct breaks that support a wide variety of surfing. Deverux is a point break that can be punchy at the top and mushy as the wave progress.
What Makes It Great
Sometimes the wave is not powerful enough for a short board, but long boarders can often get long slow rides on this mushy wave if they can avoid the kelp that often floats near the surface. Sands, arguably the best beach break in town, is located around the point. This beach offers multiple take off points that can become heavy and hollow in the winters.
There is a preserve for the population of a small endangered bird known as the Snowy Plover on Sands beach. If you bring a dog, bring a leash so you do not disturb the Plovers in their marked off habitat.
Pluses: good waves, isolated feel to the beach
Minuses: far away parking, kelp, tar, crowded line up
Who is Going to Love It
Long boarders and those who don't mind taking a gamble on wave conditions should give this destination a shot. While it can get a bit crowded, it's still less busy than most downtown beaches.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There is no close parking, most people park in Isla Vista and walk north along the cliff for a half mile to the break. Due to its proximity to UC Santa Barbara this break gets crowded. Despite the occasional crowd the beach feels somewhat isolated, in contrast to the downtown beaches.