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The Inertia

Air quotes are kind of an implied inclusion whenever the word “winter” is said within Los Angeles County boundaries. And that’s mostly because “winter” is more of an idea in the Southland than an actual, real-life thing.

The entire region enjoys an approximate 360+ days of sunshine while residents of the South Bay’s beach cities rough their way through year-round moderate air temperatures. Heat waves in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach occur when August temps hit the mid to high-80s. And this time of year, while the rest of the country is shoveling snow, South Bay surfers are bundling up to endure the dreaded high-50s chill. Let’s not get started on the apocalyptic event known as rain. And it doesn’t take long for all of Los Angeles’ transplants — who grew up in other parts of the world where “winter” was actually a thing — to soften up an break out the down jackets just because Christmas music is playing. You know, not because they actually need them.

Aside from all of those treacherous conditions, the beaches do their thing this time of year, too. The stretch of coast that extends from the peninsula to the marina hands out its fair share of barrels — most of them completely unmakeable but well worth the effort. As proven here when back-to-back swells closed out the November in SoCal, you can certainly find a good view if you’re in the right place at the right time. Winter in Los Angeles doesn’t suck.

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