Best surfing in Los Angeles

Check out the top surfing in Los Angeles, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Venice Beach
1. Venice Beach
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323 local reviews
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
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Otis
Venice Beach is just a mile and a half South of Santa Monica. Park in Santa Monica, rent a bike and ride down…
Deanna & Anthony
It's not exactly a nature preserve - tends to be busy, especially in summer. The "boardwalk" is always crazy…
Lisa + Joe
Ocean view, walks on beach, rollerblading, skate park, surfing, artists, entertainment & shopping. For good…
1. Venice Beach
1. Venice Beach
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323 local reviews
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Otis
Otis
Venice Beach is just a mile and a half South of Santa Monica. Park in Santa Monica, rent a bike and ride down the boardwalk to Venice…
Deanna & Anthony
Deanna & Anthony
It's not exactly a nature preserve - tends to be busy, especially in summer. The "boardwalk" is always crazy. But there's plenty of beach…
Lisa + Joe
Lisa + Joe
Ocean view, walks on beach, rollerblading, skate park, surfing, artists, entertainment & shopping. For good eats try Figtrees cafe or Venice…
2. El Porto
2. El Porto
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24 local reviews
El Porto, Manhattan Beach
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Tracey + Bryan
Even though Venice Beach is a walk away, we love venturing to El Porto for a long day in the sun. There's…
Ricardo
El Porto is a beautiful beach with some of the best surfing in the area. The parking is ample during the…
Michael
El Porto Beach is very popular during the summer. It has nice waves for surfing and it's a great spot to…
2. El Porto
2. El Porto
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24 local reviews
El Porto, Manhattan Beach
Tracey + Bryan
Tracey + Bryan
Even though Venice Beach is a walk away, we love venturing to El Porto for a long day in the sun. There's metered parking and it's a popular…
Ricardo
Ricardo
El Porto is a beautiful beach with some of the best surfing in the area. The parking is ample during the week, but can get crowded early on…
Michael
Michael
El Porto Beach is very popular during the summer. It has nice waves for surfing and it's a great spot to people-watch. There's also a…
3. Malibu Farm Restaurant
3. Malibu Farm Restaurant
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35 local reviews
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 310-456-8850
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Atloren
Just exits away and a beautiful drive through the Santa Monica mtns, Malibu pier is an amazing place we love…
Renae
3 restaurants and shopping in the pier. One of my favorite destinations. You can also walk on the beach or…
Matt & Cindy
Great surfing location...or just come to see Malibu! Very scenic drive along Pacific Coast Highway.
3. Malibu Farm Restaurant
3. Malibu Farm Restaurant
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35 local reviews
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 310-456-8850
Atloren
Atloren
Just exits away and a beautiful drive through the Santa Monica mtns, Malibu pier is an amazing place we love to take our children. Great…
Renae
Renae
3 restaurants and shopping in the pier. One of my favorite destinations. You can also walk on the beach or sun yourself on the soft sand. …
Matt & Cindy
Matt & Cindy
Great surfing location...or just come to see Malibu! Very scenic drive along Pacific Coast Highway.
4. Hermosa Beach Pier
4. Hermosa Beach Pier
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151 local reviews
1 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 310-318-0239
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Joe & Miri
2 miles south of the Manhattan Beach Pier, rests the Hermosa Beach Pier. Home to an active nightlife and early…
Brooke
Great nightlife on Pier Ave including fun bars, great restaurants and of course - surfing and swimming at the…
Cyndi
A variety of restaurants, bars, people gathering for volleyball, bike riding, surfing, paddle boarding.
4. Hermosa Beach Pier
4. Hermosa Beach Pier
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151 local reviews
1 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 310-318-0239
Joe & Miri
Joe & Miri
2 miles south of the Manhattan Beach Pier, rests the Hermosa Beach Pier. Home to an active nightlife and early morning surfers. Walk down to…
Brooke
Brooke
Great nightlife on Pier Ave including fun bars, great restaurants and of course - surfing and swimming at the beach.
Cyndi
Cyndi
A variety of restaurants, bars, people gathering for volleyball, bike riding, surfing, paddle boarding.
5. Santa Monica Beach
5. Santa Monica Beach
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64 local reviews
Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica
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Jodie
The long, wide expanse of Santa Monica Beach is distinguished from other Southern California shorelines by the…
Sunset  Luxury
Surfing is directly connected to meditation; there’s a sense of flow and ease and being present. When you’re…
Meenu
Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. Both sand and ocean are…
5. Santa Monica Beach
5. Santa Monica Beach
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64 local reviews
Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica
Jodie
Jodie
The long, wide expanse of Santa Monica Beach is distinguished from other Southern California shorelines by the sheer extent of activities…
Sunset  Luxury
Sunset Luxury
Surfing is directly connected to meditation; there’s a sense of flow and ease and being present. When you’re surrounded by dolphins and…
Meenu
Meenu
Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. Both sand and ocean are clean and beautiful, a great place…
6. Manhattan Beach Pier
6. Manhattan Beach Pier
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137 local reviews
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Alex
This is where all of the best restaurants and bars in the area are located. As well as one of the nicest…
Jay
This pier has some amazing views and great dining options. A 5 min uber and your feet can touch the sand as…
Laurie
Great place to people watch and during spring and summer see pro beach volleyball and surfing competitions.
6. Manhattan Beach Pier
6. Manhattan Beach Pier
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137 local reviews
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
Alex
Alex
This is where all of the best restaurants and bars in the area are located. As well as one of the nicest beaches in LA. Great waves for…
Jay
Jay
This pier has some amazing views and great dining options. A 5 min uber and your feet can touch the sand as you watch some of the top…
Laurie
Laurie
Great place to people watch and during spring and summer see pro beach volleyball and surfing competitions.
7. Topanga Beach
7. Topanga Beach
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20 local reviews
18700 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
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Kit
One of the best surfing spots in Southern California. Best on a West swell but works well on south swells. 2…
Cindy And Jim
Lifeguard (might be seasonal), restrooms, surfing, gorgeous! Pay to park in the lot, but free parking on the…
Mitch
Beautiful Topanga Creek Beach and Topanga State Beach, favorite surfing spot.
7. Topanga Beach
7. Topanga Beach
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20 local reviews
18700 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
Kit
Kit
One of the best surfing spots in Southern California. Best on a West swell but works well on south swells. 2 minutes from the studio. Even…
Cindy And Jim
Cindy And Jim
Lifeguard (might be seasonal), restrooms, surfing, gorgeous! Pay to park in the lot, but free parking on the street!
Mitch
Mitch
Beautiful Topanga Creek Beach and Topanga State Beach, favorite surfing spot.
8. Santa Monica State Beach
8. Santa Monica State Beach
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78 local reviews
Santa Monica State Beach
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Otis
Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. Both sand and ocean are…
Mario
Santa Monica Beach is adjacent to Venice Beach. Enjoy bike and running paths, beach volleyball, famous Muscle…
Stephen
The easiest way to the beach is walk straight down Pico to Bay Street Beach. You can swim and surf at this…
8. Santa Monica State Beach
8. Santa Monica State Beach
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78 local reviews
Santa Monica State Beach
Otis
Otis
Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. Both sand and ocean are clean and beautiful, a great…
Mario
Mario
Santa Monica Beach is adjacent to Venice Beach. Enjoy bike and running paths, beach volleyball, famous Muscle Beach and chess. Swimming,…
Stephen
Stephen
The easiest way to the beach is walk straight down Pico to Bay Street Beach. You can swim and surf at this beach. Surfing is restricted…
9. Manhattan Beach
9. Manhattan Beach
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110 local reviews
Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach
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Sunny
5 minutes away from Manhattan Beach. El Porto good for surfing / volleyball good for kids... lifeguards …
Jessica
Manhattan Beach is a great beach in the South Bay. Very wide, lots of Volleyball Courts, Lifeguards, Surfing,…
Patrick And Katja
Great for morning or evening beach walks, home of beach volleyball and great surfing! What more do you want,…
9. Manhattan Beach
9. Manhattan Beach
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110 local reviews
Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach
Sunny
Sunny
5 minutes away from Manhattan Beach. El Porto good for surfing / volleyball good for kids... lifeguards etc. The strand along the…
Jessica
Jessica
Manhattan Beach is a great beach in the South Bay. Very wide, lots of Volleyball Courts, Lifeguards, Surfing, clean sand. It is part of the…
Patrick And Katja
Patrick And Katja
Great for morning or evening beach walks, home of beach volleyball and great surfing! What more do you want, this is California at it's…
10. Venice
10. Venice
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142 local reviews
Venice, Los Angeles
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Masson
It's a better beach to lie around and enjoy some wave and for surfing. There's a main street there that you…
Katie
The beach, boardwalk, Santa Monica pier, surfing, shopping, day and night life
10. Venice
10. Venice
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142 local reviews
Venice, Los Angeles
Masson
Masson
It's a better beach to lie around and enjoy some wave and for surfing. There's a main street there that you can walk around to browse shops…
Katie
Katie
The beach, boardwalk, Santa Monica pier, surfing, shopping, day and night life
11. Venice Beach
11. Venice Beach
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303 local reviews
1800 Venice Fishing Pier, Venice
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 310-396-6794
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Chelsey
Artsy, roller-skaters, venice freak show, skate park, dog-town, surfing, beach-cruising, shopping, Muscle…
Jennifer
The famous beach boardwalk to people watch, shop, and chill at the beach. Also enjoy surfing lessons or rent…
Nuhore
Super famous place, ( bay watch ), beautiful sunsets, bars, arts, skateboarding, surfing, bicycling,…
11. Venice Beach
11. Venice Beach
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303 local reviews
1800 Venice Fishing Pier, Venice
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 310-396-6794
Chelsey
Chelsey
Artsy, roller-skaters, venice freak show, skate park, dog-town, surfing, beach-cruising, shopping, Muscle Beach, rings and obstacle course,…
Jennifer
Jennifer
The famous beach boardwalk to people watch, shop, and chill at the beach. Also enjoy surfing lessons or rent some bikes!
Nuhore
Nuhore
Super famous place, ( bay watch ), beautiful sunsets, bars, arts, skateboarding, surfing, bicycling, rollerblading, etc.
12. Malibu Surfrider Beach
12. Malibu Surfrider Beach
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24 local reviews
23050 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
+1 424-526-7777
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Stuart
Recreational beach known for its surfing conditions & the Malibu Pier for saltwater fishing.
Debbie
World famous surfing beach, right next to Malibu Pier.
Michael
One of the worlds most famous surfing spots.
12. Malibu Surfrider Beach
12. Malibu Surfrider Beach
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24 local reviews
23050 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
+1 424-526-7777
Stuart
Stuart
Recreational beach known for its surfing conditions & the Malibu Pier for saltwater fishing.
Debbie
Debbie
World famous surfing beach, right next to Malibu Pier.
Michael
Michael
One of the worlds most famous surfing spots.