#ManhattanBeach is known for its sandy shores and clear blue waters. This is an ideal destination for water activities. With Manhattan Beach stretching over miles of ocean, there are water-filled activities to fit everyone's desires.
If you've never been able to check out a bodysurfing contest now is your chance! Gillis Beach Bodysurfing Association is sponsoring the International Bodysurfing Championship on August 5th. The contest is part of this year's 56th International Surf Festival being held at Manhattan Beach. Look for the first heat of bodysurfing to start at 6:45 am on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Join us August 3-6, 2017 at Manhattan Beach, CA for the International Surf Festival, soak up the sun while you watch participants, ranging in age from 8-80, compete in a variety of events including a surfing contest, bodysurfing contest, beach run, dory race, and youth events and one of the fastest growing sports, paddleboard racing!
Guest enjoying a Sunny Day at the Beach, then returning to the Sea View Inn for a swim in our outside Heated Pool...
Manhattan Beach and Pier in LA County is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights.
Whether you’re getting on a board for the first time or you’re a seasoned rider searching for L.A.’s best breaks, there’s something for everyone. Beginners can learn how to surf with mellow, consistent waves, while experts can head toward the big stuff. No matter what level you’re at, you’ll want to check out these legendary L.A. surfing spots and dive into surf culture USA.
One of the best beaches for winter riding, Manhattan Beach takes the cake for large surfs (and waves with fast closeouts). Expect big waves and ideal opportunities to practice your aerials.
The annual Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament is almost here! On August 4th and 5th, 2016, plan to spend the day in the sand! The tournament takes place during the International Surf Festival, which begins August 4th and runs through the 7th. Both the volleyball tournament and the festival itself will be memorable experiences for all who join!
Playing in the Sand
For those who enjoy volleyball, the Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament is the place to be. Started by Charlie Saikley in the 1970s, the tournament focuses on the basics of volleyball - with a kick. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, making this quite the sight to see. A Jr. 6-Man tournament is held to allow kids to participate and learn more about this fast-paced sport.
Make your hotel reservations now for this year's Int'l Surf Festival, presented by the Chambers of Commerce and Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Department of Beaches and Harbors.
The 2016 host city for the 55th International Surf Festival is the City of Hermosa Beach. The event promotes the four South Bay beach cities, the world’s best lifeguard service, and physical fitness for thousands of participants. Participants range in age from 8 years old to the late 80’s. The three signature events for the festival are the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, and the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament.
Our family never misses the annual International Surf Festival that takes place July 30th thru August 2, 2015 in the City of Hermosa Beach. All South Bay beach cities, including Manhattan Beach, are involved and there are three main events, the Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Pier-to-Pier Swim, and the always competitive 6-Man Volleyball Tournament. There are many other great events, including a surfing contest, paddle-board race, bodysurfing contest, beach run, dory race, and lots of fun, creative outdoor events for the kids.events. The kids love every minute and, as a family, we always pack a lunch and ride down to the beach for a fun summer day full of activities.
Manhattan Beach offers several options for Surf Lessons and Camps in a variety of formats, as well as forgiving waves that are great for learning!
Summer is here! It's time to surf!
In the mid-90s, I had the honor of meeting Fay Baird Fraser, one of the first women to ever surf in California. She caught her first waves in 1926 at the age of 16 in San Diego. She was 86 when we were introduced at the Surf Museum in Oceanside, but chatting with her as we looked at the old redwood boards like the behemoths the surfers of her time rode, I could see the sparkle in her eye still shining bright. The "Stoke" was still there.