15 Top Surf Spots in LA, CA

Southern California Surfers Find Thrills and Swells in LA Beyond Surf City

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You don't necessarily need to go to Surf City, Huntington Beach or County Line to catch the tastiest waves. LA also has some nice surf spots for riders of all levels. Southern California's best surfing season tends to be the winter: December, January and February. But March, April and November also promise some decent swell. Check out this list of 15 top surf spots in LA for some starter ideas of which places to hit, depending on your level.

  1. El Porto
    A tried-and-true beginners surf spot in El Segundo that also boasts some bigger swell in the winter months (great for intermediate level surfers).
  2. Heavens
    A sandy-bottom surf spot with pretty consistent waves that works for all levels of surfers. Take PCH to Leo Carillo State Beach.
  3. Hermosa Beach Pier
    A sandy bottom surf area good for most levels of surfers. It also tends to attract some advanced wave riders.
  4. Leo Carillo
    Good standard surfing in a zone of flat rocks with sand. Do-able by surfers of all levels.
  5. Lunada Bay
    A world class rocky reef surf spot most suitable for advanced riders. It's located on the Western end of Palos Verdes.
  6. Manhattan Beach/ 26th Street
    All levels of surfers flock to this sandy bottom surf spot but it's known to particularly draw advanced wave riders.
  7. Pyramid Cove Point
    Access this world class rock sand bottom surf spot by boat. Advanced knowledge of surfing recommended.
  1. Santa Monica/ Samo 20
    Frequent waves hit at this centrally located surf spot that's popular with beginners.
  2. Sunset Beach
    A regional classic drawing all levels of surfers. ​Terrain is sandy with coral and some sharp rocks. Take Sunset Boulevard going West until the road ends at the PCH.
  3. Redondo/ The Breakwater
    A breakwater and jetty spot for advanced surfers around the Redondo/Hermosa border.
  1. Topanga Point
    Experienced surfers like this area classic, which has pretty consistent waves over terrain that's sandy and rocky.
  2. TC's
    World class surfing spot accessible from the 110 freeway (exit Gaffey). The rocky reef area is geared towards experienced wave riders.
  3. Venice Beach Pier
    A centrally located surf spot that appeals to wave riders of all levels.
  4. Zeroes
    Regular waves grace this spot for experienced surfers. Surf is frequent and the bottom contains coral and some sharp rocks. Nicholas Canyon Beach, not far from Leo Carillo.
  5. Zuma Beach
    This is sometimes said to be a good place for beginners but some disagree saying the waves are short and quick, giving it a slightly higher intermediate ranking.