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Santa Monica Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.3
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.2

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Santa Monica Pier Surf Guide

Santa Monica Pier in LA County is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks peel to the right. Best around low tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Hazards include rips and pollution.

Santa Monica Pier Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Santa Monica Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at Santa Monica Pier 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 Santa Monica Pier (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Santa Monica Pier 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 Santa Monica Pier Location Map

Interactive Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica Pier is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in USA, 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Santa Monica Pier is Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA, 18 km (11 miles) away.

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Santa Monica Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 17 May 2021, 17:59 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 10
SW 10
SE
Wind State on on on cross

Swell History at Santa Monica Pier

Surf stats for Santa Monica Pier, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Santa Monica Pier

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

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