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Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« on: June 24 2008 18:06:00 »
I'm a Canadian girl coming to L.A. in July. I'm looking for beginner's surf spots around L.A.. I'm willing to go 2 or 3 hours north and/or 2 or 3 hours south of L.A.
Can you guys please give me some advice as to where I can go?
I've surfed once before but I'm not very good so I'm looking for small, easy surf to learn on/get better on.
Ideally, I need a place where there aren't too many people who are going to be mad at me for flopping around and taking up valuable waves.
A friend told me Pismo Beach is quiet and has small surf. Any opinions on Pismo ?
Any guidance you guys can give would be very appreciated.
Thanks very much !
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #1 on: June 25 2008 06:06:00 »
Pismo is ok for beginners. Also, try 17th street in Huntington Beach. It has an outside sandbar that breaks on anything over two feet and is extremely rideable until the afternoon onshore wind blows out the surf. No crowds.
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #2 on: June 25 2008 15:06:00 »
BAY STREET by Santa Monica Pier...its mellow and filled with Kooks - u should fit in perfectly and have a great time........
its a crappy beach break and the best to learn on...
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #3 on: June 25 2008 16:06:00 »
But I'm not a Kook. Why would I fit in perfectly ?
17th Street in Huntington Beach - Thanks Bill !
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #4 on: June 25 2008 16:06:00 »
lol..i was just messin with you....sort of.
You said you've surfed 1 time which means you are very much a beginner and you asked where you will not be in anyone's way....Bay Street is the spot in L.A.
anyone who is flailing around in the beginning is a kook...we were all kooks at one time so hopefully you don't take your status personally....
FYI - I still surf Bay sometimes - its the closest wave to my work....lol
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #5 on: June 25 2008 18:06:00 »
Well then, according to your definition, I am without a doubt, a Kook.
Thank you for your advice - I will add it to my list of possible places.
I'm mostly worried about getting in somebody's way and the best thing I can think of is to go someplace that isn't crowded.
Would you guys suggest me going south towards San Diego rather than north ?
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #6 on: July 02 2008 12:07:00 »
The best place for beginners is at the end of Sunset Blvd. by Gladstone's. It's even got stairs down the rocks. The people are pretty relaxed.
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #7 on: July 05 2008 17:07:00 »
Pretty much anywhere is small during our summers. Ventura has a lot of island blockage so it is often small... really small. At a break like mondos there are plenty of beginners to fit in with.
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #8 on: July 09 2008 10:07:00 »
Go to El Porto in Manhattan Beach as a starting point. The water is warmer than Pismo Beach and much closer. If you head too far south or north the water will get colder and you will need a suit. Porto is filled with begginers in the summer, and for the most part the wave is small. The good thing about this area is that there is a lot of beach to find a less crowded spot. But on the weekends, in the afternoon it gets black balled which restricts surfing to certain areas. Lastly, Have fun!
RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.« Reply #9 on: July 09 2008 16:07:00 »
Old Man's at San Onofre is probably the best beginner's spot around; however, unless you are going during the week, arrive early on a Saturday or Sunday or you will sit in the crowded car lineup to go to the uber crowded lineup at the beach, but it is all longboarders there pretty much and lots of beginners. Basically, go during a weekday! Just head south on the 5 to Basilone Rd. And take the right where the sign says "Surf Beach"