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Topic: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.
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Topic: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.
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Dani

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Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

Hi
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 !



By:

Bill

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

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.

By:

Ray Veege

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

thats simple..
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...



By:

Dani

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

But I'm not a Kook.  Why would I fit in perfectly ?

17th Street in Huntington Beach - Thanks Bill !

By:

Ray Veege

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

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....
ay?

FYI - I still surf Bay sometimes - its the closest wave to my work....lol

By:

Dani

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

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 ?

By:

Kirk

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

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.

Kirk

By:

Griffin

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

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.

By:

Humphy

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

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!

By:

Shawn

RE: Beginner's Surf Spots around L.A.

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"




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