Top 15 Surf Spots in Los Angeles

Where Southern California surfers can go to find thrills

Hermosa Beach Pier
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You do not need to go to Surf City, Huntington Beach, or County Line to catch the tastiest waves. If you live in Los Angeles, California, or you are just visiting, you can find some nice surf spots for riders of all levels.

Southern California's best surfing season tends to be during the winter months: December, January, and February. Bookending those months, November, March, and April, you can also expect to find some decent swell. Check out the 15 top surf spots in Los Angeles based on your surfer level and what to expect there. 

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    El Porto

    El Porto, CA
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    El Porto is a tried-and-true beginners surf spot in El Segundo. In the winter months, you can find some decent swell, which is great for intermediate level surfers.

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    Manhattan Beach

    Manhattan Beach
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    If you go to Manhattan Beach at 26th Street, you can expect to find all levels of surfers flock to this sandy bottom surf spot. It has been known to particularly draw advanced wave riders.

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    Santa Monica

    Santa Monica
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    Santa Monica, also called Samo 20, is a centrally located surf spot where frequent waves hit. This beach is popular for beginners any time of the year. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells. Waves at the beach break both left and right. This beach can sometimes get crowded.

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    Pyramid Cove Point

    To get to Pyramid Cove Point, you have to access this world-class rock and sand bottom spot by boat. If you plan to go there, advanced knowledge of surfing is recommended.

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    Lunada Bay

    Luanda Bay
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    Lunada Bay is a world-class rocky reef surf spot most suitable for advanced riders. It is located on the western end of Palos Verdes.

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    Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach is a regional classic drawing all levels of surfers. The terrain is sandy with coral and some sharp rocks. To get there, take Sunset Boulevard going west until the road ends at the ocean.

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    Leo Carrillo State Beach

    Leo Carrillo State Beach
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    At Leo Carrillo, you can find good standard surfing in a zone of flat rocks with sand. This is a good place to go for surfers of all levels.

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    Redondo Breakwater

    Redondo Breakwater is a breakwater and jetty spot for advanced surfers. The beach is located near the Redondo and Hermosa border.

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    Hermosa Beach Pier

    Hermosa Beach Pier
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    Hermosa Beach has a sandy bottom and is good for most levels of surfers. Also, it tends to attract some advanced wave riders.

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    Topanga Point

    Experienced surfers like Topanga Point. It is a classic spot with pretty consistent waves over sandy and rocky terrain.

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    Heavens

    Surfing in Heavens Beach
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    Heavens Beach is a sandy-bottom surf spot with pretty consistent waves that works for all levels of surfers. To get there, you take the Pacific Coast Highway to Leo Carrillo State Beach. Right next to Heavens is Staircase, another popular spot, it is so named because you take a staircase down to the beach from the parking lot.

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    TC's

    TC's is a grade-A surfing spot accessible from the 110 Freeway (Gaffey exit). The rocky reef is geared towards experienced wave riders.

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    Venice Beach Pier

    Venice Beach
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    Like Santa Monica, Venice Beach is a centrally located surf spot that appeals to wave riders of all levels.

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    Zeroes

    Regular waves grace Zeroes. This is best left for experienced surfers. The surf is frequent and the bottom contains coral and some sharp rocks. You can find Zeroes at Nicholas Canyon Beach, not far from Leo Carrillo. 

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    Zuma Beach

    Zuma Beach
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    Some claim that Zuma Beach is a good place for beginners. Others disagree since the waves tend to be short and quick, giving it a slightly higher intermediate ranking.