Let's hear about your secret spots, past or present. Does anyone have a secret spot up their sleeve? Please, no specifics -- I don't expect anyone to blow up their own or anyone else's spot. But I would love to hear some stories. How did you find it? How long did it stay under wraps? Is there even a such thing as a secret spot anymore? --- Here's what got me thinking about it: I went for a spot search two weeks ago and zeroed in on a killer little spot that was largely off everyone's radar. It wasn't anything exotic or unreachable, but it was just down a random street that was very seldom checked. The beach entrance was kind of hidden and it wasn't very exposed in terms of lateral visibility, so it was simply unlikely that anyone would even bother checking there. There was a little notch in the beach, so it behaved like a small point break with an easy paddle out and very consistent rights that held through the mini cove. It was amazing having my exploration to pay off and discovering my own spot, like a little piece of winter paradise just off the beaten path. While everyone was bumping elbows at the more visible, more crowded, and not-as-good breaks down the beach, I was quietly slipping up to those reeling rights with just one buddy. We scored three empty sessions over the course of two weeks on three consecutive south groundswells. One of my favorite mental photographs is one of us running up to the point with our boards under our arms, stoked out of our gourds at the conditions, no one else around, and a sliver of sun just cracking the horizon. That last session was Tuesday morning DP. The rub: I showed up after work later that same day for my fourth session to find out that the spot had completely blown up! I counted at least 24 heads on it, all cluttered up at the point. The cat was fully out of the bag and fur was flying everywhere. It was a lineup of mostly shortboarders pockmarked with clunky SUPs, drop ins galore, guys were carelessly walking on and off right over the dunes, and I could hardly find a place to park. Oh, the heartache!!! (I am half kidding about that, but also half serious.) It's human nature to blame my buddy for spilling the beans -- despite my warnings to "DO NOT TELL ANYONE", he blabbed to another buddy of ours. That other buddy happens to have a big mouth and runs in those shortboard crowds. I'll never know for sure if that's how the word got out, but there's a shred of comfort in pointing the finger while pretending that the spot was truly secret and could never have possibly been found by anyone else. Still, it was great while it lasted and maybe one of my favorite recent surf memories knowing that I had myself a little secret spot to myself for a while. Update: I just got confirmation that our big mouthed mutual buddy did in fact leak my spot to some other guys. So annoyed. Big Mouth Matty is definitely off "the list". Or even better, maybe better to keep it 100% to myself next time. Lesson learned. The spot, all blown up. Just off camera to the right is a clump of more than a dozen dudes sitting right on at the peak.