Back Bay at Newport

LOCATION:

Back Bay at Newport Beach, Orange County, CA 92660

MAP INFORMATION:

33.6220N, 117.9008W    topozone.com link    Google Earth Placemark

FAVORABLE WINDS:

The North end of the slope works best with SSE to SSW wind. The South end of the slope works best with ENE to ESE wind. The center of the slope will work with SSE to ESE wind but the LZ at center slope is literally non-existent.

WEATHER OBSERVATION LINKS:

Balboa Peninsula, (Mesonet: WX4U), 1.4 mi. S of slope near Balboa Pier.
Balboa Weather Eye, (talesofbalboa.com), 1.4 mi. S of slope near Balboa Pier.
John Wayne (Orange County) Airport, (MesoNet: RAWS/FAA), inland 4 mi. NNE of slope.

NOAA/CDIP Buoy Data Map    US Navy Surface Wind Vectors Maps

WEATHER FORECAST LINKS:

National Weather Service Area Discussion    National Weather Service Zone Forecast

NOAA Coastal Waters Forecast    National Weather Service Graphical Forecast Map

GENERAL NOTES:

60-70' slope works well in moderate winds and really comes alive in stronger winds. Very limited LZ with expensive homes right behind slope but very little rotor up top. No DS potential. Recovery can be tough because slope is steep and there is lots of cactus, especially on S. end of slope. Very little beach at bottom during high tide but beach is accessible.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Starting point: Junction of Pacific Coast Hwy & Dover Dr: Go North on Dover Dr. for 0.7 miles to Westcliff Dr. and turn RIGHT.

Alternate starting point: Junction of Newport Blvd. & 17th Street: Go E. on 17th St. for 1 mi. to Dover Dr. and turn LEFT (stay in right-hand left turn lane). Go N. on Dover Dr. 200 ft. to Westcliff Dr. and turn RIGHT.

Continued from both starting points: Go E on Westcliff Dr. about 100 ft. to the stop sign and turn RIGHT. Continue SE on Westcliff Dr. for 0.3 miles to the stop sign (Santiago Dr.) and turn RIGHT. Go W on Santiago Dr. for about 100 ft  and park in the corner. Walk W up asphalt bicycle path, turn LEFT at Tee intersection, and follow bike path S to the slope.

GPS WAYPOINTS:

33.61625, -117.90701  -  Junction Pacific Coast Hwy. & Dover Dr.

33.62567, -117.90357  -  Junction Dover Dr. & Westcliff Dr.

33.62294, -117.89974  -  Junction Westcliff Dr. & Santiago Dr.

All coordinates on this page are WGS84/NAD83 map datum.