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Westbound Pier Ave. in Hermosa Beach off of PCH. Wave breaks NW 60 yards off end of the pier.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Trolley Cars
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West
Good wind directionSouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 3m-3.5m / 10ft-12ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
If Trolleys is breaking you pretty much have to jump off the end of the pier to make it out. This is illegal and the pier will most likely be closed off if the swell is large enough for it to break and if not, you're in plain view of the lifeguard's headquarters. Go to B-wall instead.
Hermosa Beach had trolley bus service in the 20's-early 30's and when they were dismantled, some complete units were dumped off the end of the pier (how enviromentally conscious). Sand has accumulated around the cars leaving a defined sandbar which can trip up huge swells.
Trolley Car's is a novelty wave and next to impossible to surf without a boat or an extremely long paddle from King Harbor. I've seen it break once on a 11', 22 second swell in 1997 and there was a guy towing into it. Pretty much a stunt drop and then the wave backs off.
By Anonymous , 19-01-2009
PIC ISNT HERMOSA - The pic is of Box Cars in huntington. I know this because i was out that day and long beach harbor is in the background
By Anonymous , 07-06-2008
sickest pits in winter. - i lived in hermosa for 3 years while compeating on pro tour from 96 to 99 arived in summer and thought the place wes a joke for real surf. being an aussie was usto power surfing.come winter the place is pumping got some of the best pits off the pier stand up fraight traines. the boys there are kings dave hattern jay at the ciggar shop keven at pier surf who hooked me up with boards and billy oswald greg browning and mike balzer you boys rule .jayde (aussie)
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