I liked El Matador which is a bit north of Malibu, good surf and close to where we rented a beach house for a family vacation. My friend lives in Venice, but it's too commercial to be any good. Santa Monica and Manhattan are much nicer, and Huntington is great surf.Not all of them are great (I really don't like Redondo beach... haha, that place is kinda gross) but most of them are pretty amazing. Maybe it's just location as to why I enjoy the beach, I've lived near Los Angeles my entire life.
The beaches I go to are Newport, Huntington, or most of the San Diego beaches. Which ones do you go to?