Glide Guide: South Bay Los Angeles

Submitted by Peter DeAvila

Put-In: Terranea Resort, Ranchos Palos Verdes, California

Takeout: Cabrillo Beach, California

Distance: 7 miles

Wind Direction: West

Time: 1-1.5 hours

About the Run: The entry is a small, rocky cove that you walk down to from a public parking lot at Terreanea Resort. Entry can be tricky if there is swell, so timing is a must. From your put-in on the rocky beach, you should paddle out a quarter mile to get your line set up for catching bumps. This part of the coastline is south-facing so a northwest swell with westerly winds are best. Winds and swell can produce corduroy lines for the best downwind conditions. A typical, fast run can be done in an hour if the conditions are ideal.

From the time you start your run you should be pointing to the right of the point you see down the coast. Once off the point, there are kelp beds to avoid and a reef that breaks sometimes. Best to stay right of the kelp and reef if there is swell. Just past the point is Cabrillo Beach, where the sandy shore makes for a fairly easy exit. The shore break is dumpy but manageable with a small south swell. Be careful when it’s bigger. There are bathrooms on the beach with warm-water showers. There is plenty of parking here. The shuttle of cars to and from launch site to beach exit takes about 30 minutes. Overall, this a challenging downwinder with some great bumps to be had during the right conditions.