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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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 Manhattan Beach Pier

USA, California, LA County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 33° 52.993' N
Longitude: 118° 24.856' W

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park in the pier lot in the winter....drive around aimlessly searching for a parking spot in the summer....be prepared to have bundles of quarters for meters all yer round!....they aren't cheap.....and most of the time it's not worth it!

English (Translate this text in English): park in the pier lot in the winter....drive around aimlessly searching for a parking spot in the summer....be prepared to have bundles of quarters for meters all yer round!....they aren't cheap.....and most of the time it's not worth it!

English (Translate this text in English): park in the pier lot in the winter....drive around aimlessly searching for a parking spot in the summer....be prepared to have bundles of quarters for meters all yer round!....they aren't cheap.....and most of the time it's not worth it!

English (Translate this text in English): park in the pier lot in the winter....drive around aimlessly searching for a parking spot in the summer....be prepared to have bundles of quarters for meters all yer round!....they aren't cheap.....and most of the time it's not worth it!

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

typical south bay beach break....totally dependant on shifting sand bars.....best after a rain.....but beware water quality after wet storms....picks up most swell directions except straight south....best bet... big winter mornings with east winds.

English (Translate this text in English): typical south bay beach break....totally dependant on shifting sand bars.....best after a rain.....but beware water quality after wet storms....picks up most swell directions except straight south....best bet... big winter mornings with east winds.

English (Translate this text in English): typical south bay beach break....totally dependant on shifting sand bars.....best after a rain.....but beware water quality after wet storms....picks up most swell directions except straight south....best bet... big winter mornings with east winds.

English (Translate this text in English): typical south bay beach break....totally dependant on shifting sand bars.....best after a rain.....but beware water quality after wet storms....picks up most swell directions except straight south....best bet... big winter mornings with east winds.

Atmosphere

i grew up surfing here in the 70s.....it used to get pretty good fairly regular......but the sand doesn't flow in the bay like it used to.....and the surf just isn't the same....still gets some classic early am sessions if you find a peak away from the crowd....you can still score here!

English (Translate this text in English): i grew up surfing here in the 70s.....it used to get pretty good fairly regular......but the sand doesn't flow in the bay like it used to.....and the surf just isn't the same....still gets some classic early am sessions if you find a peak away from the crowd....you can still score here!

English (Translate this text in English): i grew up surfing here in the 70s.....it used to get pretty good fairly regular......but the sand doesn't flow in the bay like it used to.....and the surf just isn't the same....still gets some classic early am sessions if you find a peak away from the crowd....you can still score here!

English (Translate this text in English): i grew up surfing here in the 70s.....it used to get pretty good fairly regular......but the sand doesn't flow in the bay like it used to.....and the surf just isn't the same....still gets some classic early am sessions if you find a peak away from the crowd....you can still score here!

General

if the sand....the swell....and the tide is right....and it's not too crowded....you can find some really fun good surf in this area!

photos courtesy mcshots.com
no reproduction without permission

English (Translate this text in English): if the sand....the swell....and the tide is right....and it's not too crowded....you can find some really fun good surf in this area!<br /><br />photos courtesy mcshots.com<br />no reproduction without permission

English (Translate this text in English): if the sand....the swell....and the tide is right....and it's not too crowded....you can find some really fun good surf in this area!&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;photos courtesy mcshots.com&lt;br &#47;&gt;no reproduction without permission

English (Translate this text in English): if the sand....the swell....and the tide is right....and it's not too crowded....you can find some really fun good surf in this area!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;photos courtesy mcshots.com&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;no reproduction without permission

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Manhattan beach pier
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By kd , 30-05-2010

A classic South Bay beachbreak - When all the elements come together, Manhattan delivers powerful, hollow waves with plenty of barrel time. If you know where and when to go, you will find good waves and even parking. Plenty of hot babes to check out for the apres surf coffee and munch fest too...

By munchkin , 03-04-2009

winter and spring/early summer - south side Manhattan Pier can get awesome with a slite combo from the south west mixed with a touch of windswell. but yeah, the surf is pretty fun year round but the kooks who live here. I'll pass, stay below the mean high tide line.

By Anonymous , 27-03-2008

I agree - Manhattan is a great place to surf. Last weekend it was on, but yeah. Snobville USA. What is happening to the Southbay. Bunch of rich kooks moving in who rarely use the beach (except just to look at while talking to their yuppy friends on the cell phone from the midwest). I'll stay below the mean high tide line thank you. Parking also sucks here.

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