Abalone Cove

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The surf of the point at Abalone is right there below PV Drive South. You can't miss it as you drive by. It's a beautiful place to visit. Bring your family for the great publicly accessible beach, one of RPV's treasures. Come and enjoy the day, whether you surf or not. A really lovely spot.

This is a Palos Verdes surf spot, so localism is always a possibility. It's in Rancho Palos Verdes, however, not Palos Verdes Estates. I believe that has a bearing on the fact that the localism is less hostile than at some other PV spots. Sometimes there's no localism at all, just a mellow vibe.

Additional Info:
Abalone Cove has three spots: 1) The Point, the main surf spot, a reef left, breaks on a direct south and any W-WNW winter swell. Its at the south/east end of the cove. It breaks at all tides depending on the swell size. It can get good but usually is smaller than other PV spots. 2) Toilet Bowls, a peak, is directly west of the point. Many prefer it to the point, especially those desiring a right. Sometimes it's pretty good. It's got a partially sandy bottom at vcarious times of the year. 3) The right-hander is further west from Toilet Bowls on a big unruly reef with funky sections. I think it sucks but others disagree.


The spot is directly below Palos Verdes Drive South, accross the street from the Wayfarer's Chapel. Park at the public parking for Abalone Cove, slightly west of the surf area, and walk down. If you park in the Wayfarer's Chapel lot you might get towed. If your not from Palos Verdes, don't surf here without someone from the area. On a big day or a solid swell, locals will roust you for paddling out. Its a very technical wave that do not break very often so when its good, the few guys that have been surfing this spot since they were kids will not let you catch any waves.

WalkShort walk (5-15 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeReef (rocky)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc.)
FrequencySometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorth, NorthEast
Swell directionNorthWest, West, South
Swell size3ft-5ft - 8ft+
TideAll tides
Tide movementRising and falling tides
WeekFew surfers

Rocks, Localism



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