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Latitude: 33° 58.684' N
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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
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
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
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
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.
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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