About Redondo Beach Breakwater

One of L.A.'s few big-wave spots, Redondo Breakwater is a fast, walled left that breaks across the front of the King Harbor breakwall. On N and W swells bigger than six-feet, this spot can hold up to 20-feet. The wave refracts and is amplified off of the jetty, spinning out long, fast lefts that end in a sucker-punch shorebreak. An Army Corps of Engineers project in 1997 moved some new rocks out onto the bend in the wall, and that, combined with the ongoing loss of sand, is costing the spot some of its former glory. According to regulars, the peak has moved closer to the beach, and the wave doesn't wedge off the jetty as well.

Source: Redondo Beach Breakwater Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Intolerant, until it's more than triple overhead.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Brutal, but thins with size.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Lots of closeouts but stand up barrels when you find the right one.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Paddle out at the rip next to the breakwater.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

One of the dirtiest locations in the South Bay due to being directly in front of a storm drain. Especially bad after a rain.

Additional Information


Water entry from the break-wall. Don't miss-time it.


Parking lot at King Harbor (or through the harbor).

Bring Your

Shortboard, skimming, bodysurfing, gun



Best Season

November - March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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