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Surfing Hermosa Beach

Surfers have been enjoying Hermosa Beach waves for decades. The waves break right and left on the beach over a sandy bottom. Through the summer the beach is crowded, but the best waves show up in the fall and winter.

International Surf Festival

August 1-5, 2018
Every year Manhattan Beach host the International Surf Festival. The event is a combined effort of surrounding beach communities from Torrance to Manhattan Beach. It draws large crowds to compete in the surf and bodysurfing contests, a paddleboard race, a beach run, beach volleyball, lifeguard competitions, a sand castle contest, a dory race, and more. The festival promotes fitness for participants from ages 8 and through seniors and benefits the South Bay Lifeguard Service.

Surfers looking at waves at Hermosa Beach,  CA

Surfing Lessons and Camps

Hermosa Beach Chevron Surfing Camps

The Hermosa Beach Chevron Surf Camp for ages 7 to 17 is offered in the summer Monday through Friday, from June through August. They also have adult surf classes on the weekends. All classes meet at the 10th Street Lifeguard Tower on Hermosa Beach.
Hermosa Beach Chevron Surfing Camps

Beach Sports' Surf Camps

Beach Sports' Surf Camps for ages 5 to 13 will take you to your next level. Surfers of all abilities, from beginners to experienced, are welcome. They offer full and half-day sessions Monday through Friday, from late June through August. Participants enjoy surfing, boogie boarding, body surfing, and beach games. Camp takes place on Hermosa Beach north of the pier. They also offer Beach Camps, Skateboard Camps, Volleyball Camps, and Jr. Lifeguards.
Beach Sports' Surf Camps

Pacific Coast Surf Company

Private and small group surfing lessons for all ages.
Pacific Coast Surf Company

Surfboard and Paddleboard Rentals and Sales




Volleyball

Hermosa Beach takes its volleyball seriously. 71 volleyball courts are set out along the beach, about half north of the pier and half south. They are open for public use. The City of Hermosa Beach maintains about 23 of the nets while the rest are maintained by the users. The city's courts fall under the Challenge Rule:

Closed foursomes (e.g. two teams not accepting challenges) are allowable only when concluded before 10 a.m. or when there are no other players waiting for the court, regardless of whether vacant courts are available. After 10 a.m., all courts are designated challenge courts if there are any players waiting to play, regardless of court availability. An individual or a team may call challenges. A "challenge" is defined as a small game of volleyball, to be agreed upon by both parties, for the purpose of deciding who can continue to play on the court, regardless of who was there first.

Volleyball game on Hermosa Beach,  CA

Beach Volleyball Camps

Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos' Beach Volleyball Camps offer a summer beach volleyball camp at Hermosa Beach for ages 7 to 18. They meet at the volleyball courts south of the pier. Camps run from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon. Check their website for current dates and prices.
Beach Volleyball Camps

Volleyball on Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County, CA

Hermosa Beach Recreation Volleyball

Hermosa Beach's Parks and Recreation Department offers beach volleyball classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. Guest instructors have included such greats as Sinjin Smith, Anthony Medel, Angie Akers, and Tyra Turner. The main instructor is Bill Sigler, a former AAA rated player. Classes meet at on the south side of the pier on Hermosa Beach. Classes meet on Thursdays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.
Hermosa Beach Parks and Recreation

Hermosa Beach Pier

The 1328-foot long Hermosa Beach Pier is popular with anglers, sightseers, and those who just want to enjoy the fresh breeze and salty air. There are no buildings on the pier. The lifeguard headquarters, the Surfers' Walks of Fame monument, and restrooms are situated on shore at the foot of the pier. The pier has benches and fish cleaning stations. The pier is open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Surfer's Walk of Fame

Each year the City of Hermosa Beach holds a Surfer’s Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony to commemorate the newly chosen inductees. Each inducted surfer is acknowledged by the placement of their name engraved on bronze plaques embedded along the pier. The names of over 50 honored members are displayed here. A bronze statue of a surfing Tim Kelly marks the location. Kelly was a popular Junior Lifeguard instructor who was killed at a young age in 1964 in a car accident.

statue of Tim Kelly  at Hermosa Beach,  CA

Hermosa Pier Regulations (partial list)


Hermosa Beach pier,  Los Angeles County, CA

Fishing off Hermosa Beach Pier

A sandy bottom and mussel encrusted pilings attract a variety of fish. Beyond the pier, about 650 feet, is an artificial reef which draws more fish. Among the catches along the middle of the pier are corbina, white croaker, surfperch, jacksmelt, opaleye. Off the end fishermen pull in California halibut, rays, sharks, bonito, and white seabass.



Bicycle Rentals

Head out north or south on the bike trail or The Strand. Explore the beaches along the coast of Santa Monica Bay.

Hermosa Cyclery

20 13th Street, Hermosa Beach, CA
Open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Rentals include beach cruisers, tandems, mountain bikes, road bikes, and a variety of trailers and kids' bikes.
They also rent rollerskates, rollerblades, and protective gear. Hermosa Cyclery

Beachbikes Hermosa Beach

914 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach, CA
Open 11 AM - 7 PM on weekdays and 10 AM - 6 PM on weekends
Bike rentals and sales. Beachbikes Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach
Junior Lifeguards

Los Angeles Country's Junior Lifeguards program develops skills in ocean swimming and in dealing with hazards in the ocean. Participants learn about water safety, surf rescue, surf riding, and first aid. The 5-week program is open to youths ages 9 to 17. Two junior lifeguard classes meet on Hermosa Beach, one by the Tim Kelly tower and the other at 14th Street.

New participants must pass a basic swimming test usually held in May.
LA County Junior Lifeguards

2017 Program Schedule

Session One: June 19 through July 20, 2017
Session Two: July 24 through August 18, 2017
Monday - Friday, Two Sessions:
Morning Session - 8:30 AM to 11:30
Afternoon Session - 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Nearby Activities and Events

Fiesta Hermosa

Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends, 2018
Downtown Hermosa Beach
The largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California
Painters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, and more
Live music on two stages, food court, beer and wine garden, kiddie carnival
Fiesta Hermosa

Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series

On Hermosa Beach, south of the pier
Summer concert series featuring great musical entertainment
Free. Sundays 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Summer Concert Series

Beach Tennis Tournaments

On Hermosa Beach, north of the pier
2018 Tournament Dates TBA
Hermosa Beach classes start Jan. 18, 2018
West Coast Beach Tennis

Day at the Beach Triathlon

July TBA, 2018, 7:00 AM
Beginner-oriented course. Quarter-mile ocean swim, 10-mile bike course, 3-mile run
Start at Hermosa Beach Pier
Day at the Beach Triathlon

The Comedy and Magic Club

1018 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA
A different show every night of the week. Featuring stars like Jay Leno, David Spade, and Paul Reiser
The Comedy and Magic Club

Skate Park

710 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA
Monitored skate park.
Open 12 Noon to 7:00 PM daily.
Skaters under 18 need parents to complete liability form in person.
Safety equipment required.
Skate Park

Books of Local Interest




Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at
CA State Parks: Ocean Safety


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