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Santa Monica Jetties Surf Guide

Santa Monica Jetties in LA County is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach breaks offers right-handers. Best around low tide. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Watch out for rips and pollution.

Santa Monica Jetties Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Santa Monica Jetties:

The best conditions reported for surf at Santa Monica Jetties occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Santa Monica Jetties (for consistent clean waves)?

octoberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Santa Monica Jetties with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 55% of the time in October while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% 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).

Explore Santa Monica Jetties Location Map

Interactive Santa Monica Jetties 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 Jetties is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in USA, 17 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Santa Monica Jetties is Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA, 23 km (14 miles) away.

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Santa Monica Jetties Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 17:55 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Santa Monica Jetties

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

Wind History at Santa Monica Jetties

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

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