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Park up by the Palos Verdes Beach Club. To the right, you walk down the path. At the bottum you see 3 different spots: to the left(south) is Haggerties, in from of you is Rat point, and to the left is Rat beach.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West
Good wind directionSouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 1m+ / 3ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
This is a fun reef.It's usually crowded. Excellent with a NW swell at low tide. Also when it is small to medium you gotta use a long board. Rat is usually powerless. this spot is good on both sides of the jetti but northside is boxed in with rocks on the south side and shore so you have to paddle around to get to it, the waves jack up here and get bigger and more hollow however its more dangerous, on many occasion the south side of jetti is bigger then venice pier and more hollow and is generaly a right, the other side is usually a left, but the outside right sets will take you from there to the other side all the way into shore sometimes. its a spot usually crowded during the summer but heavily localized during winter swells, the history of venice being locals only.
When it's good it is a fast, short ride then is mosly walled out. It is the main Palos Verdes surf spot.
By Tanker One , 29-04-2010
Localism ???? - There is no way localism is here at Rat. Been here for 20 years and "never" seen any form of localism. Even Hags doesn't have any localism, not for 20 years or so. Lame call!
By Anonymous , 16-01-2010
super fun today - clocked a session at rat today. super fun, only a few people out and they left right when my buddies and I got in. Haggs was empty too and working nice. other than that, the crowds wer all at burnouts and the avenues.
By Anonymous , 12-09-2009
peninsula club owned rat - surfed in the early 60's at rat- loved the place , surf shack at Strubles, than a slide down cliff to beach- great memories,
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