As a Los Angeles surfer, I could describe Venice Beach as the perfect surfing spot for beginner surfers. The crowd is very high but the waves are smooth and consistent. The beach is huge so if you want to avoid the crowd you just need to paddle near the pier. The parking could be a problem. There are lot’s of paid parkings and just a few free parking spots. The best surfing lessons are at Hokali Surf Lessons. You will meet the instructor at Jay’s rentals and walk to the water.
It’s a point break. Waves could be from 2-3 feet to 4-6 feet. The best board for this beach it’s definitely a longboard but a shortboard with volume could work very well.
South West it’s the best combined with winter offshore winds. During summer time it could be very flat. However, it’s a very consistent spot. Almost every day it could be a good and fun day for longboard surfers.
The ideal size for this surf spot it’s 4 feet to 6 feet. You can’t surf this beach if it’s more than 6 feet. It’s a massive closed out wave. This beach has dangerous rips everywhere.
It’s one of the best surf spots in Los Angeles. For beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. Venice Beach is a super-challenging spot for many reasons: the wind blows onshore pretty much 9 months a year, the rip and current can be really strong, and the paddle out, extremely difficult, especially during the bigger day.
Limited Parking lot. There are different paid parking areas near the meeting point. Find Free Parking spots here: 200-278 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291.
It could be a good option to hang out with your friends and your family. Venice has a unique magic as a result of a mix between locals, tourists, skaters and street artists.
You can see dolphins from the water.
It could be a dangerous spot at night. Don’t surf here if you are not confident with your level. It’s not recommended for beginners.
It could be common to see sharks in this area. They won’t attack you but for any reason, they could be jumping out of the water like whales. If this happens while you are surfing don’t panic, this is part of the Venice Beach Experience.