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El Porto Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.6
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.7
Crowds: 1.7

Overall: 3.2

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El Porto Beach break guidePhoto by: Vlad

El Porto Beach Surf Guide

El Porto is a beach break with consistent surf mostly year-round but best swells arrive in winter when it can hold waves up to double-overhead. The best swell directions are from the NW to WNW, and combination with some Southern Hemisphere swell provides the best shape. Porto gets closed out if the swell is too one directional. SW swells get mostly blocked by Palos Verdes Peninsula and the southern Channel Islands. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around mid tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Hazards include Pollution.

El Porto Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
14.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Porto Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Porto Beach occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf El Porto Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing El Porto Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 44% of the time in October while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive El Porto Beach 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 El Porto Beach is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in USA, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Porto Beach is Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA, 9 km (6 miles) away.

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El Porto Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 21 January 2021, 03:22 Local Time
Thursday 21
Wave (m) 0.3
Period (s) 14 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
NNE 10
N 5
NE 5
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

Swell History at El Porto Beach

Surf stats for El Porto Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at El Porto Beach

Wind stats for El Porto Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

El Porto Beach Reviews:

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Based on 11 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.2
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.7
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.8
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.7
  • Crowds:Icon  s21.7
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Mark Rocchio from United States
“El Porto is a beach break with consistent surf mostly year round. The best swell direction is from the NW and WNW (not the South). Combo swells with some Southern Hemi provide the best shape. Porto gets closed out if the swell is too directional. SW swells get mostly blocked by Palos Verdes Peninsula and the southern Channel Islands. El Porto has gotten more crowded with California's true unemployment rate of 21% - still localism is minimal. The best boards for El Porto are fish/longboards during the Summer and your biggest, fastest gun during the Winter. That's when storms out of the Gulf of Alaska send double-over-head sets that are fast and powerful. If Porto is working, you'll get some of the best A-frames of your life. If it isn't, you'll get worked by some of the biggest close-outs, known as 'The Great Wall of El Porto, of your life.”

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