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Ballona Creek and Jetty ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Ballona Creek and Jetty Surf Guide

Ballona Creek and Jetty in LA County is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks offer left-handers. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of pollution, rocks, locals, rips.

Ballona Creek and Jetty Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach/jettyIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ballona Creek and Jetty:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ballona Creek and Jetty occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Ballona Creek and Jetty (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ballona Creek and Jetty with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 66% of the time in January while 26% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
66%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
26%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
8%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Ballona Creek and Jetty Location Map

Interactive Ballona Creek and Jetty surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Ballona Creek and Jetty is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in USA, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ballona Creek and Jetty is Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA, 12 km (7 miles) away.

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Ballona Creek and Jetty Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 17 May 2021, 18:08 Local Time
Monday 17
2PM5PM8PM11PM
Wave (m) 0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.5
S
Period (s) 15 15 15 21
Wind (km/h) 20
SW 15
SW 15
SW 5
SSE
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Swell History at Ballona Creek and Jetty

Surf stats for Ballona Creek and Jetty, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Ballona Creek and Jetty

Wind stats for Ballona Creek and Jetty, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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    • Icon  s43.6
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    • Icon beachBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: inconsistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach/breakwaters
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away

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