Ballona Creek and Jetty Surf Spot Report

Ballona Creek and Jetty Surf Spot Report

October 25, 2018

Wave Quality Rating: 4
Type of Wave: Breakwater / groyne
Direction of Wave: Left
Bottom: Sand
Difficulty: Intermediate surfer
Crowd Level: Busy
Hazards: Pollution, Rocks, Locals, Stingrays

Ballona Creek is an 8.8-mile-long (14.2 km)waterway in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, whose watershed drains the Los Angeles basin, from the Santa Monica Mountains on the north, the Harbor Freeway (I-110) on the east, and the Baldwin Hills on the south. It heads in the historical Rancho Las Cienegas and flows through Culver City and the Del Rey district before emptying into Santa Monica Bay between Marina del Rey and the Playa del Rey district.
Ballona Creek and Jetty in LA County is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks offer left-handers. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of pollution, rocks, locals, rips.

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Ballona Creek and Jetty: 

Closest break Gillis 1 km
Second closest break Toes Over 1 km
Third closest break D and W 2 km
Fourth closest break Dockweiler Beach 3 km
Fifth closest break Venice Breakwater 3 km


Wave buoys nearest to Ballona Creek and Jetty:

Closest wave buoy Santa Monica Bay, CA 19 km
Second closest wave buoy Long Beach Channel, CA 37 km
Third closest wave buoy San Pedro, CA 39 km
Fourth closest wave buoy San Pedro South, CA 49 km
Fifth closest wave buoy Santa Barbara Island North, CA 58 km

Tide stations nearest to Ballona Creek and Jetty:

Closest tide station Marina del Rey 3 km
Second closest tide station El Segundo, Santa Monica Bay 5 km
Third closest tide station Santa Monica 7 km
Fourth closest tide station Manhattan Beach 9 km
Fifth closest tide station King Harbor, Santa Monica Bay 13 km

Town and city forecasts close to Ballona Creek and Jetty:

Closest city location Los Angeles International Airport 5 km
Second closest city location Inglewood 8 km
Third closest city location Santa Monica 8 km
Fourth closest city location Culver City 9 km
Fifth closest city location Manhattan Beach 9 km


The closest passenger airport to Ballona Creek and Jetty is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in USA, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly).
The second nearest airport to Ballona Creek and Jetty is Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA, 12 km (7 miles) away.
Third is Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA, 29 km (18 miles) away.
Long Beach Airport (LGB) in USA is 32 km (20 miles) away.
John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Ballona Creek and Jetty and is 63 km (39 miles) away.

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