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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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 Rat Beach

USA, California, LA County

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Latitude: 33° 48.316' N
Longitude: 118° 23.692' W

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 Access

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Localism

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

When it's good it is a fast, short ride then is mosly walled out. It is the main Palos Verdes surf spot.

English (Translate this text in English): When it's good it is a fast, short ride then is mosly walled out. It is the main Palos Verdes surf spot.

English (Translate this text in English): When it's good it is a fast, short ride then is mosly walled out. It is the main Palos Verdes surf spot.

English (Translate this text in English): When it's good it is a fast, short ride then is mosly walled out. It is the main Palos Verdes surf spot.

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Dez 27, 2007
Afternoon session with Eric - First session with Eric since summer.  Waves were fun, crowded at torrance so we hit up rat.  Finally got a long ride with my fish.  Session was good but the winter wind took it's toll on my hands.  
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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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