The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of surfing—at least, not in Los Angeles. Check out these killer surfing spots near South Bay that will get you through the winter.
Just north of Manhattan Beach, you’ll find El Porto at 45th and The Strand. You should be able to find metered parking on 45th, but get there extra early to be sure. The place fills up—especially on the weekends. Thanks to an underwater cave, El Porto promises great waves throughout the winter. And this is a great place for beginners, year round, where you can take lessons and learn the basics and etiquettes of surfing.
Just a short distance south from El Porto you’ll find Hermosa Beach, another great December location for surfing. In fact, it’s best break is in the winter time. But wear a wetsuit–the waters are chilly, even for California.
Known for its quirky locals and its long boardwalk, Venice Beach is a must-see for visiting surfers. Thanks to its touristy qualities, you can expect to be watched while you’re in the water, but you can also expect to meet some cool locals.
Speaking of locals, Lunada Bay is the stereotypical “locals only” spot in L.A. You’ll find it at the 2300 block of Paseo del Mer. It’s great surfing, but the “locals only” policy is said to be pretty serious, so if you’re visiting or just new to Lunada Bay, keep that in mind.
Enjoy your winter surfing, and visit South Bay Toyota if you need a new ride to haul your board.