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15 Los Angeles Surfing Destinations You Should Know About
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15 Los Angeles Surfing Destinations You Should Know About

Get the right board and a wetsuit and head out to these Southern California beaches to find the surfing spots of your dreams.

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May 08, 2021

The world-class beaches and surf breaks in Los Angeles County are quintessential parts of Southern California's geography and culture.

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The calm waves, scenic setting, and high energy of the famed Venice Beach offer entertainment for surfers of all skill levels.
Leo Carrillo is popular among novice surfers. When you’re taking a break from the waves, hit the great biking and hiking trails close to the beach.
One of the longest stretches of sand in all of California, Zuma Beach is a prime—and typically uncrowded—surfing spot.
Catch a wave away from the crowds at El Porto Beach, a super chill, low-key spot that you're bound to love.
Topanga Beach has a point break and takes in waves from the west as well. The popularity of this spot is a testament to the fun waves surfers catch.
Hermosa Beach is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. The beach break has left and right handers.
Malibu Surfrider Beach is a haven for novice and advanced surfers alike, who come to ride the diverse waves while taking in the gorgeous scenery.
Lunada Bay has a long tradition of localism. The right-hand point break is located near Rancho Palos Verdes, just 40 miles west of Huntington Beach.
Surfers refer to Nicholas Canyon as “Zeros” or “Point Zero” and it is one of the few perfect point breaks left in Los Angeles County.

Zeros

The official name of this sandy stretch is actually Nicholas Canyon Beach, but surfers gave it the nickname “Zeros” or “Point Zero.” Apparently, the nickname comes from the waves that crash at the scattered boulders below the parking lot, where the canyon meets the shore. Usually less crowded than other Malibu beaches, Zeros is more than just a surfing spot.

A large number of water sports are popular here including body surfing, wind sailing, and scuba diving. The waves are frequent and somewhat high, and the bottom is rocky at Zeros, so it’s best left for surfers with experience under their belt.

Pipes and Turbos

More of a winter spot, Pipes and Turbos boasts shallow, rocky, barreling left slabs which are clean in the winter and somewhat blown out during the warmer months. Surfing at this Los Angeles destination is best between November and February. We’d be lying if we said there is absolutely no localism here, but if you show up with one or two other people (at most), and respect everyone’s boundaries in the water, you won’t face any problems.

Heading to San Diego next? Check out their best surfing destinations.

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