Get into the habit of checking the surf report before heading out. There's nothing more bummer than showing up to the beach with no waves when you could have saved some gas and slept in.
Live RSS feeds of reports for surf breaks throughout Los Angeles County. Compliments of The Surfbug.
One of the most popular and comprehensive sources for surf reports and surf forecasts worldwide.
Los Angeles County of Public Health collects and tests ocean water samples for bacteria weekly throughout the Los Angeles coastline. The results of these tests are updated daily.
Environmental nonprofit organization Heal the Bay's comprehensive analysis of coastline water quality for the West Coast of the United States. Graded on an "A" to "F" scale weekly based on bacteria analysis.