December 7, 2010. Here is a picture of the infamous Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes on a small day. The wave was only about waist high but it still lasted about 50 to 100 yards. It looked fun and there very few people out surfing. But even the on lookers / locals where not friendly and “vibed” you out for just watching.
Nothing about this place is for your casual surfer or visitor. First to get to the wave you have to scale down about a 2 ft path down a cliff that is vertical and one slip could literally mean your life, at least broken bones. So if there is a hint of wind good look carrying a bigger board. Which is what you will need when the swells come in as in a gun. Anyway, once you negotiate the cliff decent you have about a 1/4 to 1/2 mile walk along the rocky beach. And this is definitely the easiest part of your surf.
Next or first which ever way you look at it is the local factor. I have not surfed there but there are plenty of scowls from guys standing around. So you could encounter guys before you reach the trail. Once your down on the beach those guys up top could through rocks at you for some fun. Then you could encounter guys walking or before entering the water. Then of course there is paddling out and catching waves on a point break where everyone is on the spot. Good luck there as well because if you got this far the locals are probably pissed your trying to take their waves.
Even without the local factor the paddle out is an arm burner. You have to paddle out away from the point because right at the point are plenty of boiler rocks that could pound you way worse then the surly surfers. And to add to the fun the drift will pull you right into the rocks as well.
So now if you braved all of this and you caught your waves for the day you get to climb up the cliff back to your car which hopefully is still in good shape.
Is this an exaggeration? Well yes and no. Everything explained is true about the surfing. The localism may vary depending on you but you will get “vibed” hard and probably approached or yelled at.
So, is all this worth it? That is up to you. If you have the local approval the spot is for an advanced surfer who has the skill, guts and strength to handle a big wave. Its not hard to find and parking is pretty easy but this is a “Black Diamond” of a place on all levels and should be approached that way.
Check out the surfer on walking down the cliff on the right of the photo.