Long Beach Revival

Removing the Long Beach Breakwater could bring back the city’s long-lost surf

Anyone bold enough to paddle out for a surf in Long Beach, CA, would be more likely to find plastic bags and six-pack rings than any kind of decent wave. But that wasn’t always the case. During the early 20th century, Long Beach had regular, consistent surf. The city even played host to a number of surf contests, including the Long Beach Surfing Contest in the late 1930s. But Long Beach’s days as a surf town were numbered.