Santa Monica Bay
Santa Monica Bay is a bight of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, United States. Its boundaries are slightly ambiguous, but it is generally considered to be the part of the Pacific Ocean within an imaginary line drawn between Point Dume in Malibu, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Its eastern shore forms the western boundary of the Los Angeles Westside and South Bay regions. Although it was fed by the Los Angeles River prior to the river's catastrophic change of course in 1825, the only stream of any size now flowing into it is Ballona Creek. Other waterways draining into the bay include Malibu Creek, and Topanga Creek.
The Santa Monica Bay is home to some of the most famous beaches in California including Malibu Lagoon State Beach (Surfrider), Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica State Beach, and Dockweiler State Beach.
Several piers extend into the bay, including Malibu Pier, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Pier, Manhattan Beach pier, Hermosa Beach pier, and Redondo Beach pier. Marina Del Rey is a dredged marina. The Bay is also a very popular fishing destination year-round. Chevron Reef is an artificial surfing reef in the bay.
Open Water Swimming
- Forrest Nelson and Jen Schumacher completed a tandem swim between Point Dume in Malibu and the Palos Verdes Peninsula on 16 March 2013 in 13 hours, 10 minutes 35 seconds.
- Amy Appelhans Gubser completed a solo swim between Point Dume in Malibu and Lunada Bay on the Palos Verdes Peninsula on 7 June 2018 in 17 hours 6 minutes.
- Former Palos Verdes swimmer to swim across Santa Monica Bay
- Swimming For Sammy In Santa Monica
- The Long Grind Across Santa Monica Bay
- Terence Bell Launches The Ocean Lover
- Terence Bell To Swim Around Hawaii's Garden Island
- Open Water Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Swimming In South Bay + Santa Monica