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To access the spot, you drive down Vista Del Mar towards El Segundo and if you continue driving you will see a parking lot. Turn left into the lot, you probably will need to pay a fee to enter the parking lot. Once you park, walk to the south-side of the parking lot, you will see a staircase. When you get to the sand, there will be a lifeguard tower in front of you. Just to the left of that is the reef.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Alternative name Pratte's Reef
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Over 3.5m / 12ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
do not work anymore apparently; have a check just in case
By Anonymous , 29-09-2008
Surfrider to remove Sandbags - ..at a cost of $300,000 dollars (the amount originally given by Chevron to BUILD it).
Supposedly a private donation.
They did this on behalf of surfers? Not one single surfer I know, who actually SURFS IN THIS AREA, wanted this project in this location.
Surfrider was hell-bent on putting the WOOD to some / any corporation on behalf of "surf".
They were so concerned over if they COULD....they never stopped to think, or listen to people about if they "should".
The results speak for themselves.
Sandbag Reef: Failure.
By Joe Banks, Ph.D. Oceanographer , 17-06-2007
Pratte's Folly - Pratte's Reef... They dropped the sandbags. The sandbags broke open. The sand washed away. Period. No wave was ever created by those sandbags. The pics you see are just the regular waves created by natural sandbar/beachbreak conditions. The sandbags were dumped about 30 yards from the mean low tide line. The spot was marked by a red buoy. So while the photos are of Dockweiler Beach, north of "Hammerland," they are not waves created by the sandbags. Pratte's Reef would be better named "Pratte's Folly."
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