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Manhattan Beach and Pier break guidePhoto by: B Core

Manhattan Beach and Pier Surf Guide

Manhattan Beach and Pier in LA County is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Often Crowded. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

Manhattan Beach and Pier Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
16.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Manhattan Beach and Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at Manhattan Beach and Pier 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 Manhattan Beach and Pier (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Manhattan Beach and Pier with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in June while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 4% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
43%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
53%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
4%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Manhattan Beach and Pier Location Map

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

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Manhattan Beach and Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 20:42 Local Time
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8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m)
0.5
SW
0.5
SW
0.5
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0.5
SW
Period (s) 15 15 14 14
Wind (km/h)
10
5
0
0
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Manhattan Beach and Pier

Surf stats for Manhattan Beach and Pier, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Manhattan Beach and Pier

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

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