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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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 Venice Pier

USA, California, LA County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 33° 58.684' N
Longitude: 118° 28.135' W

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At the very end of Washington; if you can find a spot to park, just walk west.

English (Translate this text in English): At the very end of Washington; if you can find a spot to park, just walk west.

English (Translate this text in English): At the very end of Washington; if you can find a spot to park, just walk west.

English (Translate this text in English): At the very end of Washington; if you can find a spot to park, just walk west.

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 qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

Power

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

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

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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There are sevral breaks near the pier: of course there's North Side and South Side, but there's a couple of sandbars on either side and a jetty on the north side that can produce some good waves.
Try to avoid parking in the lots, they are generally way overpriced and with some time you can locate a street spot that'll cost you sometimes $8 less. Park in the alleys. There are signs that say 'no parking' but they aren't enforced.

English (Translate this text in English): There are sevral breaks near the pier: of course there's North Side and South Side, but there's a couple of sandbars on either side and a jetty on the north side that can produce some good waves.<br />Try to avoid parking in the lots, they are generally way overpriced and with some time you can locate a street spot that'll cost you sometimes $8 less. Park in the alleys. There are signs that say 'no parking' but they aren't enforced.

English (Translate this text in English): There are sevral breaks near the pier: of course there's North Side and South Side, but there's a couple of sandbars on either side and a jetty on the north side that can produce some good waves.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Try to avoid parking in the lots, they are generally way overpriced and with some time you can locate a street spot that'll cost you sometimes $8 less. Park in the alleys. There are signs that say 'no parking' but they aren't enforced.

English (Translate this text in English): There are sevral breaks near the pier: of course there's North Side and South Side, but there's a couple of sandbars on either side and a jetty on the north side that can produce some good waves.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Try to avoid parking in the lots, they are generally way overpriced and with some time you can locate a street spot that'll cost you sometimes $8 less. Park in the alleys. There are signs that say 'no parking' but they aren't enforced.

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Venice Pier
By tbharte
Apr 16, 2009
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Venice Pier
By thepug
Jan 7, 2007
Tide is always an issue. - It wasn't closing out and the wind held the waves up.  The only complaint was how soft the waves were due to the high tide. Despite that it was still fun. finally getting some good turns in. My bottom turn still needs a lot of work.
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Venice Pier
By thepug
Jan 1, 2007
New Years - Very fun session. One of the best all year for Venice.
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By Rob G. , 30-11-2009

all talk, no walk - The locals in venice are harmless. Haven't seen a fight there in over ten years. If you're a local, for your own good, you should start putting your money where your mouth is and beat someone's ass every once in a while, or just deal and shut up. The barking has lost it's effect, you're just embarrassing yourselves. Sad.

By surfjunkiejames , 06-09-2008

re:hahaha - That's awesome, I couldn't have said it better.... Go surf in Palos Verdes, the locals are friendly and love to share

By Anonymous , 11-02-2008

hahaha - >don't surf at venice!
>go somewhere else!
>goto el porto or bay street

I imagine whoever posted this comment fancies himself a loc; I guess we should all take his advice and go elsewhere. No sarcasm intended—this is a dismal spot. It can rarely handle anything over shoulder+ unless the swell is *exactly* the right angle. The truth is, El Puko's almost always better, and on a mid to high tide and peaky windswell, so is Bay...Porto is more spread out, Bay just plain less crowded, and both breaks have far better parking. Anyone who's logged any amount of time in quality surf can tell you VB Pier is mediocre at best. Hardly a "regional classic." Don't be fooled by the better pics on this site, or the three-star rating. Want closeout barrels? Hit up South Bay. Punchier and more hollow. I feel sorry for anybody who is ignorant enough to think this is a break worth trying to keep others away from. To reiterate: do go elsewhere! —but not because some wannabe local tells you so. Do it because on any given swell, if this place is decent, you can bet there are other breaks actually kicking good waves. Just maybe not in this neck of the woods...

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