About Hermosa Beach

Five miles of classic California beaches and communities, when it comes to getting Hermosa Beach good, the best bet is medium tides and dual swells. All spots south of Manhattan are increasingly shadowed from south/summer swell. When the surf does make it into Hermosa, the quality of waves is largely dependent on what the sand is doing.

Source: Hermosa Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to intermediate

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Usually pretty spread out.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Lots of closeouts. Needs good sandbars and a crossed up combo swell to really work well.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Not bad when it is small, plenty of work to be had when it is pumping.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

It's right outside of the city and can get particularly bad after a rainfall.

Additional Information

Hazards

Negotiating closeouts.

Access

Easy, various local streets and lots.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard, skimming, bodysurfing

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

October-April

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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