Top Places to Bodyboard In Southern California

Though it is often disregarded, bodyboarding is an exciting water sport. It has the potential to increase your skills as a wave rider, and California offers a variety of ideal places to enjoy it. From improving your understanding of the ocean to having a blast, bodyboarding is an activity that should not be overlooked. Here are a few of the best spots to partake in it.

Oceanside, California

The World Bodyboarding Championships are held in Oceanside, one of the most renowned surf spots on the coast. The beach break here can cause the sandbars to change, but there are constant peaks at both jetties and either side of the pier. It is also an excellent spot for those new to bodyboarding because there is a lower risk of injuries.

Zuma Beach

A popular spot along the California coastline is Zuma Beach. It is known for its expansive shoreline and marvelous views of the Pacific Ocean. Many people come to this beach to take part in recreational activities, such as swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. The surrounding hills also provide a gorgeous backdrop for a day of fun.


Malibu is renowned for its surf and bodyboard spots, particularly in the Los Angeles area. In the summer, the surf is spectacular and the landscape is gorgeous. For bodyboarders, Zuma Beach is an ideal location for its powerful, hollow waves which are perfect for riding barrels.

La Jolla

The reefs in La Jolla are renowned for their beauty and diversity. There is an array of marine life that can be found in this area, which makes it a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. Visitors to the reefs can experience a variety of sights and sounds, from colorful fish to coral formations. The crystal-clear waters of the area allow for stunning views of the underwater world, making it a great place to explore.
If you're a bodyboarder looking for some of the best waves in California, La Jolla Reef is the spot for you. It offers barreling slabs with steep drop ins, which makes it easier for bodyboarders to get waves. From Blacks Beach to Birdrock, there are numerous waves to choose from. However, be mindful of the other surfers as many of the surf spots in San Diego are quite localized.

Lunada Bay

The renowned right-hand break at Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes draws in surfers from far and wide when it's firing. With its steep waves, it's a prime destination for bodyboarders to experience some of the best rides of their lives.

The Wedge

The Wedge in Newport Beach is renowned globally for bodyboarding. It derives its name from the wedge-like shape of the wave that it produces. Initially, the spot was solely for bodysurfing as the surfboards of that time were too long to handle the steep drop. However, once bodyboards became popular, the Wedge started to be seen as the premier destination for bodyboarding as one can get extreme barrels and airs. It is important to be wary of this area as the wave breaks straight onto the shore, potentially leading to severe injury.

Prior to going to any of these spots, make sure you have the necessary equipment for surfing. Our 42'' Onda Beginner Bodyboard and our 42'' Razzo Pro Bodyboard are perfect for experiencing some of the best waves of your life.

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