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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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 Palos Verde - Bluff Cove

USA, California, LA County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 33° 47.554' N
Longitude: 118° 24.628' W

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The Cove is off of Paseo del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates. Take palos Verdes Drive North westward until it turns into Palos Verdes Drive West. Make the right turn down to Paseo del Mar. Bear right and follow Paseo del Mar downhill a block or so until you see all of the surfers cars parked on the left. There's an easy dirt road down to the Cove from there.

English (Translate this text in English): The Cove is off of Paseo del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates. Take palos Verdes Drive North westward until it turns into Palos Verdes Drive West. Make the right turn down to Paseo del Mar. Bear right and follow Paseo del Mar downhill a block or so until you see all of the surfers cars parked on the left. There's an easy dirt road down to the Cove from there.

English (Translate this text in English): The Cove is off of Paseo del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates. Take palos Verdes Drive North westward until it turns into Palos Verdes Drive West. Make the right turn down to Paseo del Mar. Bear right and follow Paseo del Mar downhill a block or so until you see all of the surfers cars parked on the left. There's an easy dirt road down to the Cove from there.

English (Translate this text in English): The Cove is off of Paseo del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates. Take palos Verdes Drive North westward until it turns into Palos Verdes Drive West. Make the right turn down to Paseo del Mar. Bear right and follow Paseo del Mar downhill a block or so until you see all of the surfers cars parked on the left. There's an easy dirt road down to the Cove from there.

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomFlat rocks

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

There are three spots in the Cove: 1) Little Reef, a hot little right on the north side of the Cove that breaks at high tide; 2) Middles, which goes both ways but has better rights and breaks at mid-tide; 3) Boneyards, a left on the south side of the Cove that breaks at high tide. Boneyards is the only semi-localized spot at the Cove, mostly pissy kids. Middles is the mainstay and breaks all year on any swell that reaches it including small west windswells in the summer but is heavily populated with longboards. Little Reef and Boneyards can have barrels. Middles usually doesn't but has a nice, long well-shaped wave (on the right).

English (Translate this text in English): There are three spots in the Cove: 1) Little Reef, a hot little right on the north side of the Cove that breaks at high tide; 2) Middles, which goes both ways but has better rights and breaks at mid-tide; 3) Boneyards, a left on the south side of the Cove that breaks at high tide. Boneyards is the only semi-localized spot at the Cove, mostly pissy kids. Middles is the mainstay and breaks all year on any swell that reaches it including small west windswells in the summer but is heavily populated with longboards. Little Reef and Boneyards can have barrels. Middles usually doesn't but has a nice, long well-shaped wave (on the right).

English (Translate this text in English): There are three spots in the Cove: 1) Little Reef, a hot little right on the north side of the Cove that breaks at high tide; 2) Middles, which goes both ways but has better rights and breaks at mid-tide; 3) Boneyards, a left on the south side of the Cove that breaks at high tide. Boneyards is the only semi-localized spot at the Cove, mostly pissy kids. Middles is the mainstay and breaks all year on any swell that reaches it including small west windswells in the summer but is heavily populated with longboards. Little Reef and Boneyards can have barrels. Middles usually doesn't but has a nice, long well-shaped wave (on the right).

English (Translate this text in English): There are three spots in the Cove: 1) Little Reef, a hot little right on the north side of the Cove that breaks at high tide; 2) Middles, which goes both ways but has better rights and breaks at mid-tide; 3) Boneyards, a left on the south side of the Cove that breaks at high tide. Boneyards is the only semi-localized spot at the Cove, mostly pissy kids. Middles is the mainstay and breaks all year on any swell that reaches it including small west windswells in the summer but is heavily populated with longboards. Little Reef and Boneyards can have barrels. Middles usually doesn't but has a nice, long well-shaped wave (on the right).

Atmosphere

The Cove has a lot of surf. It's always worth checking, although often crowded. The waves are bigger than at Haggs but smaller than up the coast at Indicator or Lunada.

English (Translate this text in English): The Cove has a lot of surf. It's always worth checking, although often crowded. The waves are bigger than at Haggs but smaller than up the coast at Indicator or Lunada.

English (Translate this text in English): The Cove has a lot of surf. It's always worth checking, although often crowded. The waves are bigger than at Haggs but smaller than up the coast at Indicator or Lunada.

English (Translate this text in English): The Cove has a lot of surf. It's always worth checking, although often crowded. The waves are bigger than at Haggs but smaller than up the coast at Indicator or Lunada.

General

A good place to put in your daily check-out drive. Usually a pleasant vibe, despite the crowd. Good for middle-aged longboarders at Middles but has some hot yet fickle waves at the two flanking reefs.

English (Translate this text in English): A good place to put in your daily check-out drive. Usually a pleasant vibe, despite the crowd. Good for middle-aged longboarders at Middles but has some hot yet fickle waves at the two flanking reefs.

English (Translate this text in English): A good place to put in your daily check-out drive. Usually a pleasant vibe, despite the crowd. Good for middle-aged longboarders at Middles but has some hot yet fickle waves at the two flanking reefs.

English (Translate this text in English): A good place to put in your daily check-out drive. Usually a pleasant vibe, despite the crowd. Good for middle-aged longboarders at Middles but has some hot yet fickle waves at the two flanking reefs.

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Palos Verde - Bluff Cove
By Pedro Mermaid
Sep 12, 2011
- I'm not ready for this beach - too many rocks
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By Suzan , 14-09-2011

the cove - very pretty and a lot of fun.
pretty much "locals only" so if you show up be respectful of them, and dont trash the beach if you want to get out alive!
parking isnt very good and the trail isnt easy. its almost impossible if it has been raining.

By Anonymous , 01-02-2010

No problems at the cove - localism here is nearly non-existant. If you pass the bend at indicators thats where you may get into locals however the cove is all love and fun. surf till you die.

By Anonymous , 30-03-2007

- dont bring your board expecting to ride a wave, gain respect from the locals they let you surf one.

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