Cayucos Pier Damaged by Waves

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

March 14, 2024

One of the Cayucos Pier piles lies at the mouth of Cayucos Creek, ripped out of the ground by massive waves.

Recent big waves and stormy weather hit the Cayucos Pier especially hard, knocking loose some five piles off the rebuilt Cayucos Pier and depositing them on the beach, some at the mouth of Cayucos Creek.

The piles were knocked loose by massive waves despite the relatively recent total rebuilding of the iconic pier, which dates back to the 1870s and the shipping landing operations of Capt. James Cass. 

The damage led the County to close the pier to the public, and have an engineer inspect the damage and make an assessment.

The verdict was apparently favorable and all but the end of the pier was reopened a few days later.

Of course a couple of temporary barricades didn’t deter two surfers from walking down the pier and jumping off to catch the waves beyond the breakers, no doubt saving them a tiring paddle through the surf.

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