Plan Your Visit
Welcome To Surf Ranch

We're stoked for your upcoming trip. This pre-arrival guide provides a host of information you'll be interested to know before your arrival.

The Wave And Surfing

Surf Ranch is powered by Kelly Slater Wave Systems, featuring a 6+ foot barreling wave of consequence that travels across a 2300-foot basin yielding rides up to a minute long. These are World Surf League Certified competitive waves, the same wave that challenges the best women and men surfers in the world during Championship Tour competition. We understand this wave is not for everyone, so the system also provides intermediate waves and white-water surfing in our North end zone. There is something for everyone and each wave is made to order.

Up to six surfers are allowed in the basin per session to surf the main wave. Heat schedules and surfing formats are arranged between the Surf Team Manager and group leader prior to or during your visit. Each wave will be designated to a priority surfer who takes off at the peak. Note that non-priority surfers are spread out along the basin in order to seize any opportunity should their fellow surfer wipe out during his or her ride. Just make sure not to burn your amigo if they’re slotted deep in the barrel and out of sight! Your Surf Team Manager will also inform and advise your group leader on “Wave Splitting” where two surfers split a wave in half.

Surf Ranch includes highly skilled Surf Guides that provide personal in-water assistance to help you get the most out of your visit. Additionally, coaches are available to review waves you’ve surfed and suggest ways to improve using our video review system. Surfers can access their waves to view, analyze, and continue learning from their sessions well after they depart.

Check out our Wave Tip Videos for more information.

The Wave Line-Up
Kelly Slater Wave Systems produce an endless number of wave profiles. The below are a cross section of wave types.
1
CT2

The fastest and most challenging of our waves. From take-off you can do 1-2 turns, 3 if you’re Kelly, then set up for the barrel. There is a 12-15 second barrel section that goes through the entire middle reef of the basin. Then the barrel backs off and allows 2-3 turns before the end barrel–and you better be ready or it will leave you in the dust. It is a very fast 3-5 second barrel. One surfer on the wave at a time.

2
CT3

The hollow more forgiving version of the CT2. This wave is incredibly rippable and fun but does not have the middle barrel section the CT2. It does however have a throttling end barrel, which is actually a little bigger than the CT2 end barrel. One surfer on the wave at a time. Note you will find small differences between individuals’ waves and lefts/rights throughout the day. So, expect some variation in wave form.

3
Waikiki

This is a smaller and slower main wave often used by beginners, intermediates or for group surfing (super fun!). The wave height is about thigh high and peels through the whole length of the basin with varying sections. Mastering this wave is the first step in preparing for the CT3.

4
North End Zone Rollers

The North End has a perfect small peeling wave for those just starting out! It’s a secret oasis within the basin. As the CT2, 3, or intermediate main wave fizzle out at the north end of the basin, an incredibly fun 10-15 second wave forms. It’s also an epic place to watch loved ones gets spit out the end barrel.

Equipment

Guests are welcome to bring their own equipment, but we do have gear available for guest use. We have a full selection of Rip Curl wetsuits and Firewire Board Quiver available.

To find out more about our Quiver and best boards for the wave, check out a clip from our team at Firewire! Watch Now – Planning your Surf Ranch Quiver

Weather and Water Temps
Month
Air Temp (High/Low)
Water Temp (High/Low)
January
54 / 37
55 / 45
February
61 / 40
60 / 50
March
70 / 45
70 / 60
April
77 / 50
75 / 65
May
86 / 53
80 / 70
June
94 / 59
80 / 75
July
99 / 63
85 / 75
August
97 / 62
85 / 75
September
92 / 58
80 / 70
October
81 / 50
75 / 65
November
67 / 41
65 / 60
December
60 / 40
60 / 55
Inclement weather or other circumstances may cause Surf Ranch to delay, suspend, postpone, or resume running waves due to safety concerns.
Water Temperature And Wetsuit Guide:
Water Temp Range (F)
Wetsuit Thickness
Recommended Wetsuit Type
>72
N/A
Rashguard
65-75
0.5 mm - 2/1 mm
Top/Shorty
62-68
2 mm - 3/2 mm
Springsuit / Full Suit
58-63
3/2 mm - 4/3 mm
Full Suit + Boots
52-58
4/3 mm - 5/4/3 mm
Full Suit + Boots + Gloves + Hood
43-52
5/4 mm - 5/4/3 mm
Full Suit + Boots + Gloves + Hood
42 and below
6/5 mm+
Full Suit + Boots + Gloves + Hood
In addition to water temperature, consider the following: Air temperature, wind speed, your sensitivity to getting cold, and activity level/rigor.
Travel and Amenities

Location & Transportation

We are located at:
18556 Jackson Ave, Lemoore, CA 93245

Uber and Lyft are limited in the area. We recommend personal vehicles, rental cars, or contacting reservations@kswaveco.com for recommendations on private transportation.

Airports

SURF RANCH LODGING

Onsite accommodations can be booked in advance of your visit by checking with your Guest Experience Coordinator. We have 6 Airstreams and 3 Lakeside Cabins. All lodging includes linen, towels, restrooms, showers, AC/heating, and select snacks and beverages and more!

Offsite Accommodations

Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino is located about 5 minutes away. Discount code is RANCH and reservations must be made by contacting the front desk at (559) 924-7751. Guests ages 21+ only

Best Western Inn & Suites is located about 10 minutes away. Discount code is Surf Ranch and reservations must be made by contacting the front desk at (559) 924-3200.

Home 2 Suites Hanford is located about 12 minutes away. Discount code is L-SUR and reservations must be made by contacting the front desk at (559) 587-9957.

Surf Ranch Services And Amenities

All Surf Ranch meals are organic and sourced locally to the best of our ability. We strive to accommodate any dietary requests and/or food allergies. Please note any requests or needs when completing your registration form. We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages throughout the day.

We offer a wide range of services and amenities at Surf Ranch beyond the wave. You will most definitely find outdoor seating areas with amazing views of the wave, cedar hot tubs, Electra bicycles, Super 73 E-bikes, skateboards, and much more to enjoy.

Registration and Policies

Prior to arrival at Surf Ranch, all guests must register and complete a waiver via the customized link sent by their group organizer.

Please note the waiver is the second step in the registration process. All guests, surfing and non-surfing must complete the waiver also.

Although we love pets, we welcome only service animals.

Staff do not accept tips but appreciate your feedback and participation in post-visit surveys.

COVID-19
The health and safety of our guests, staff and local community are a main priority at Surf Ranch.  Along with our ongoing sanitation practices and social distancing, we would like to highlight our current protocols:

Face coverings are required in all indoor areas by unvaccinated guests. (Face coverings must completely cover the mouth and nose, fit snug with no gaps, and have two or more layers; No bandanas, neck gaiters, valve masks or face shields)

We are requiring proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID test for all guests, age five and over, prior to arrival.  Guests will upload proof of vaccination or negative test in advance via a link provided in the registration process. (Guests who are not fully vaccinated must submit a negative PCR or Rapid COVID test).

This information will be in your registration email along with a link for you to provide a copy of your applicable COVID documentation. We are constantly monitoring changes and will notify you of any updates prior to your visit.

Water Safety

Water safety is a priority and Surf Ranch has skilled safety personnel located around and inside the basin on a Wave Runner. All surfers must attend a water safety briefing before entering the basin. Please make sure to view Surf Ranch Wave Tips and notify Surf Ranch of any adaptable surfing needs or pre-existing health conditions.

Film & Photography

A proprietary digital media system will capture and catalog your waves, allowing you to review and share everything from perfect tubes to epic wipe-outs and everything in between. You’ll go home with a lifetime of memories to share. You are welcome to “snap”, “tag”, “gram” your way through the day. Any photo or video footage is for personal use only.

Guests are welcome to photograph and take video from land outside the basin. Professional in-water photography, drone or videography can be coordinated through Surf Ranch. In-water or drone media may only be captured by pre-approved Surf Ranch vendors.