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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Bay Street, Santa Monica

USA, California, LA County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
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Latitude: 34° 0.266' N
Longitude: 118° 29.579' W

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It's pretty easy, from los angeles, take pico blvd and when it ends on main st, that's where the surf spot is. It is South of the Santa Monica Pier ( if you don't know where Santa Monica is, get a L.A. map )

English (Translate this text in English): It's pretty easy, from los angeles, take pico blvd and when it ends on main st, that's where the surf spot is. It is South of the Santa Monica Pier ( if you don't know where Santa Monica is, get a L.A. map )

English (Translate this text in English): It's pretty easy, from los angeles, take pico blvd and when it ends on main st, that's where the surf spot is. It is South of the Santa Monica Pier ( if you don't know where Santa Monica is, get a L.A. map )

English (Translate this text in English): It's pretty easy, from los angeles, take pico blvd and when it ends on main st, that's where the surf spot is. It is South of the Santa Monica Pier ( if you don't know where Santa Monica is, get a L.A. map )

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name bay street

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionEast, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Pollution

 Additional Information

Good peaky waves but closes out with larger swells. Better sandbars after heavy rains. The water is polluted. It is the easiest spot to park in the area because there is a big parking lot just in front of it. If you want some good waves you've got to come from around 6.30AM to 10AM.

English (Translate this text in English): Good peaky waves but closes out with larger swells. Better sandbars after heavy rains. The water is polluted. It is the easiest spot to park in the area because there is a big parking lot just in front of it. If you want some good waves you've got to come from around 6.30AM to 10AM.

English (Translate this text in English): Good peaky waves but closes out with larger swells. Better sandbars after heavy rains. The water is polluted. It is the easiest spot to park in the area because there is a big parking lot just in front of it. If you want some good waves you've got to come from around 6.30AM to 10AM.

English (Translate this text in English): Good peaky waves but closes out with larger swells. Better sandbars after heavy rains. The water is polluted. It is the easiest spot to park in the area because there is a big parking lot just in front of it. If you want some good waves you've got to come from around 6.30AM to 10AM.

Atmosphere

In front of the spot, there is the famous Bicknell Hill to bomb after your surfin' session (if you have watched the documentary "dogtown and z-boys" you will understand what i'm talking about). You can cruise on the boardwalk but the week end it's very crowded. There is a hard core surf shop on main street called Horizons West Surf Shop ( the oldest hardcore surf shop in Santa Monica... est. 1977) There is of course the Santa Monica pier for amusement and stuffs, the 3rd st. promenade for the little shops (recently opened a rip curl surf shop) and the street performers. If you go a little south there is the famous venice beach, why the hell did they destroy the pavillion ??!! And also, since Santa Monica-Venice Beach is actually dogtown, don't be surprised to find lots of dogtown stickers on signs or in the local surf shops some surfboards with a pacific ocean park pier design on it, you can see in this area that the 60'-70's surf scene is still present ( well that's my opinion).

English (Translate this text in English): In front of the spot, there is the famous Bicknell Hill to bomb after your surfin' session (if you have watched the documentary "dogtown and z-boys" you will understand what i'm talking about). You can cruise on the boardwalk but the week end it's very crowded. There is a hard core surf shop on main street called Horizons West Surf Shop ( the oldest hardcore surf shop in Santa Monica... est. 1977) There is of course the Santa Monica pier for amusement and stuffs, the 3rd st. promenade for the little shops (recently opened a rip curl surf shop) and the street performers. If you go a little south there is the famous venice beach, why the hell did they destroy the pavillion ??!! And also, since Santa Monica-Venice Beach is actually dogtown, don't be surprised to find lots of dogtown stickers on signs or in the local surf shops some surfboards with a pacific ocean park pier design on it, you can see in this area that the 60'-70's surf scene is still present ( well that's my opinion).

English (Translate this text in English): In front of the spot, there is the famous Bicknell Hill to bomb after your surfin' session (if you have watched the documentary "dogtown and z-boys" you will understand what i'm talking about). You can cruise on the boardwalk but the week end it's very crowded. There is a hard core surf shop on main street called Horizons West Surf Shop ( the oldest hardcore surf shop in Santa Monica... est. 1977) There is of course the Santa Monica pier for amusement and stuffs, the 3rd st. promenade for the little shops (recently opened a rip curl surf shop) and the street performers. If you go a little south there is the famous venice beach, why the hell did they destroy the pavillion ??!! And also, since Santa Monica-Venice Beach is actually dogtown, don't be surprised to find lots of dogtown stickers on signs or in the local surf shops some surfboards with a pacific ocean park pier design on it, you can see in this area that the 60'-70's surf scene is still present ( well that's my opinion).

English (Translate this text in English): In front of the spot, there is the famous Bicknell Hill to bomb after your surfin' session (if you have watched the documentary "dogtown and z-boys" you will understand what i'm talking about). You can cruise on the boardwalk but the week end it's very crowded. There is a hard core surf shop on main street called Horizons West Surf Shop ( the oldest hardcore surf shop in Santa Monica... est. 1977) There is of course the Santa Monica pier for amusement and stuffs, the 3rd st. promenade for the little shops (recently opened a rip curl surf shop) and the street performers. If you go a little south there is the famous venice beach, why the hell did they destroy the pavillion ??!! And also, since Santa Monica-Venice Beach is actually dogtown, don't be surprised to find lots of dogtown stickers on signs or in the local surf shops some surfboards with a pacific ocean park pier design on it, you can see in this area that the 60'-70's surf scene is still present ( well that's my opinion).

General

It is a very cool surf spot. The vibes in the water are really nice... peace & love pretty much.
But here is the bad part of it, the pollution, lots of bacterias in the water so if you have some pizzas on your body, don't surf there unless you want to get infected (don't do like me!) Also there are lots of homeless people so bring a couple of quarters...

English (Translate this text in English): It is a very cool surf spot. The vibes in the water are really nice... peace &amp; love pretty much.<br />But here is the bad part of it, the pollution, lots of bacterias in the water so if you have some pizzas on your body, don't surf there unless you want to get infected (don't do like me!) Also there are lots of homeless people so bring a couple of quarters...

English (Translate this text in English): It is a very cool surf spot. The vibes in the water are really nice... peace &amp;amp; love pretty much.&lt;br &#47;&gt;But here is the bad part of it, the pollution, lots of bacterias in the water so if you have some pizzas on your body, don't surf there unless you want to get infected (don't do like me!) Also there are lots of homeless people so bring a couple of quarters...

English (Translate this text in English): It is a very cool surf spot. The vibes in the water are really nice... peace &amp;amp;amp; love pretty much.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;But here is the bad part of it, the pollution, lots of bacterias in the water so if you have some pizzas on your body, don't surf there unless you want to get infected (don't do like me!) Also there are lots of homeless people so bring a couple of quarters...

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Bay street santa monica
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By Anonymous , 05-08-2007

Re: bicknell hill - I don't know what it looked like in the 70s, but the roads by the beach have all probably changed since then... if you check the other side of Main St. that may look more familiar... those hills look longer and more fun anyway.

By taodarian@aol.com , 07-07-2007

bicknell hill - hi i was wondering in the photos from the 70's i dont know if im right but i keep thinking bicknell has changed,has it been remodled at all or is it the same please tell me.

By Anonymous , 04-03-2007

re: rhettp - Yeah, if the tide is high it breaks (if it breaks) about 10ft from the shore probably thanks to all the constant beach modifications by the tractors, and it does get walled... but there are some fun days out there... go ahead and take the attitude and join the crowd at the places you suggested. Better waves, but not always better experiences when you factor in all the BS...

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