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Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« on: July 20, 2020, 05:34:36 PM »
Hi all.
I'm spending time in LA a bunch visiting my girlfriend. What are good breaks to learn to SUP foil around here?
Mushy, sandy bottom, not steep...
And not crowded. :-)
In an old thread I saw El Porto mentioned - but that always seem to to have too many surfers out for me to be comfortable learning.

Any tips?
Thanks!

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2020, 06:17:48 PM »
Man, i think that depends on how new you are. Like sessions 1-5 or are you further down the road? I live in the Valley and Iíve been driving an hour north to a spot up near Ventura.

Sunset is the only named spot that I could call out where itís doable but Iíve yet to foil it due to rocks and the fact that it kind of needs to be bigger to catch a wave. (Seriously mushy.) Iíd only hit Sunset above a 2í6Ē tide (ok, honestly 3í+ is really all Iíd do.) The rocks are no joke but they are predictable lol. It wonít break above a 3í tide without serious swell which then makes it bigger so itís a lame cycle for a beginner foiler like me.

Everything north of there is probably a no go for foilers though Iím always scouting and keeping an eye out.

Hdip has hit El Porto. You can find a peak without people during the week Iíll bet. Rides arenít long but they are possible.

Iíve been wanting to go look for sandbars anywhere near SaMo or Venice so Iíll PM you if I find one if youíll do the same lol. Iím wondering if near the mouth of the Marina might work. Itís shallow though so very tide dependent. But thatís the first spot Iíd scout.

Iím seriously just trying to progress to where Iím comfortable in waist high waves and then things should open up a bit I feel like.

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2020, 06:54:50 PM »
It really depends on tides. Sunset is very rocky. There are a lot of beginner surfers there though. If you do not have complete control and the ability to avoid people I would steer clear of sunset. A few foilers do hit it when its working, but I dont think its worth the risk. Theres plenty of of empty waves along will rogers, but not really conducive to what you are looking for. If you have time to drive down to San O would be best. That being said sm around tower 26 gets pretty crowded. But if you go north towards the pier, or south bw venice and bay st there are usually way less people.

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2020, 08:18:57 PM »
Mushy, sandy bottom, not steep...
And not crowded. :-)

Any tips?
Thanks!

You answered your own question there. 😀 any names spot is not good for learning. Thatís part of the problem of learning to foil. Find a stretch of beach break that is barely breaking reasonably far out and reforming with no one around. This flat spell is a good time to learn.

Or drive to San o. The drive is longer but youíll learn faster.

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2020, 08:36:20 PM »
Hdip, when I saw you I as supposed to be cruising south to check the beach breaks at mid tide but got a text from my buddy and chose surfing over research. Iím going to try to scope a bit on my next trip West.

But yes, if youíre a rank beginner choose less sessions on a better break. My drive time saves me struggle time.

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2020, 10:24:42 PM »
i was going to suggest mondos up in ventura but i have never seen it not crowded since this pandemic started....where the hell did all these surf schools come from???!!!...mondos used to be THE SPOT for foiling and foil learning...not its bumper to bumper wavestorms  >:(

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2020, 10:18:45 AM »
ANd maybe it's just my unfamiliarity with the spot - but while everyone says San O is the place to learn, I look at the cameras on surfline and its super crowded - which does not seem like the place to learn to me. :-)

Is there an off camera place at San O that is more conducive to falling off a foil?

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2020, 10:33:51 AM »
Yeah you go further and further south to foil. It's empty down there. I'm pretty sure they don't actually allow foils right there were the camera is. I've never foiled it myself. Lots of guys on here do though.

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2020, 01:11:25 PM »
What about the cove in PV?  I surfed there years ago and now think back that it could be a perfect foil wave.  not sure about seaweed or what tides work with the reef depth

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2020, 01:17:29 PM »
I've never been there. Wrong side of LA for me. So I won't confirm or deny any foiling done there or what tides would work there.

It is a named spot though so maybe not the best to try and LEARN to foil.

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2020, 02:21:21 PM »
Yeah, I think avoiding named beaches is a good call until I can control the foil more. (It's probably my 4 th time out today.  So I can take off, lift off onto the foil, fly for 6 feet, then usually end up turning toeside off the wave (not intentionally), or just falling over...)

Went out at a non-break at Dockweiler state beach, under LAX. SHort shore break, but no one around and good enough for me to get some short rides.

I'll try San O I'm down for the drive. THanks all!

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2020, 03:00:13 PM »
If you've got controlled flight you're doing good. Sounds like your'e on your way. It's smart to go with the turn of the board (unintentional pulling out of the wave) Never correct to the high side. That's a great way for the board to hook up and you fall right onto the foil. Smooth small adjustments.

I have to keep telling my brother to get out to the flats of the wave. The foil is under your back foot so when you think you're in the flats, you're really still stuck in the curve of the wave. He's still looking at it like a surfboard and sitting in the pocket without letting the foil run.

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2020, 03:02:55 PM »
Ah... I never would have thought of that - the foil being so far back relative to the rest of the board. Makes sense! Thanks!

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2020, 03:39:58 PM »
I've never been there. Wrong side of LA for me. So I won't confirm or deny any foiling done there or what tides would work there.

It is a named spot though so maybe not the best to try and LEARN to foil.

Haha I just heard foiler's are getting the air let out of their tires there. :)

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Re: Breaks to learn to SUP foil near Venice?
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2020, 07:15:34 PM »
Yeah, no need to even try PV lol.

Transplant Iím totally where you are and I do the same as far as ďdriftingĒ lol. Success for me looks like slowly coming off foil in a straight line.

Hdip I also just sit my butt on the wave. Iíve been trying to pump out in front a bit but I suspect that turning down the line will also get me off the hump once Iím ready.

San O is a giant spot. Miles of break to foil as you head South. Enjoy and we have to get an LA foil meetup going soon as well as an OC/LA hang.

 


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