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Shop the Best Cars for Surfers in Los Angeles

For many of us in So Cal surfing is a way life. Whether you’re up for dawn patrol at El Porto before work or love spending all Sunday at Zuma, LAcarGUY has just the right car to maintain your surf/life balance. Explore some of the best cars for surfers in the Los Angeles area here.

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The iconic Porsche 911’s introduction here in LA in the mid 1960’s occurred during the rise of surf culture. Surfers have been strapping boards on their 911’s ever since.

In 2019, with Porsche’s TECHQUIPMENT accessories mounted on the roof, can get your boards safely to the most secret of surf spots in the Los Angeles area. Or if you prefer a cabriolet, you can just slide them in behind the front seats. Both coupe or cabriolet still deliver the 911’s legendary performance.

From the Carrera’s twin-turbocharged boxer 6 engine with 370hp all the way to the Turbo S engine with a head snapping 580 hp, the 911 supplies thrills both to and from the beach. If the waves get blown out, take the twisties home via Mullholland.


Audi’s original version of the Allroad was introduced 20 years ago. That first iteration of the Allroad has achieved a cult like following for its capabilities. The 2019 Allroad continues that legacy. Loaded with all of Audi’s technical advancements, this Allroad supplies all the comfort and luxury expected of any Audi, but retains its rugged functionality, making it one of the best cars for surfers in Los Angeles.

Audi’s predictive quattro all wheel drive system can proactively switch to all wheel drive when conditions dictate. Audi drive select offers several driving modes that adjusts the engine, transmission, steering and suspension to best suit the driving conditions.

Coupled with the Allroad’s 58 cu ft of cargo space with the rear seats folded and roof rack for your boards the Allroad is perfect for an overnight trip to Leo Carrillo or San Onofre.

The Crosstrek has been a sensation since Subaru introduced it in 2013, and with good reason. It’s a great car for those with active lifestyles and one of the best cars for surfers. It’s affordable, versatile and comes with Subaru’s road-tested ruggedness and reliability.

While offering plenty of pick up, Subaru’s classic 4-cylinder boxer engine give around 30 mpg. Its asymmetrical all wheel drive will get you to the most secluded beaches, while Subaru’s rail and rack system can handle paddleboards or surfboards. Fitted with all weather mats in the front and rear seats and the cargo area, getting rid of any stray sand is easy.

For surfers looking for a more affordable German wagon, the VW Golf SportWagen is a great call. It’s design both inside and out has all of the precision and beauty you’d expect from a German car. It comes in two turbo engine configurations that provide plenty of power and awesome mileage.

You’ll be able to get from The Santa Monica Pier to Mavericks on just about one tank of gas. The Sportwagen can also be optioned with VW’s 4Motion all wheel drive. The rear cargo area has over 66 cu ft of space with the rear seats folded down. And every trim level comes with roof rails as standard equipment so you can strap your surfboards on top.

The Honda Pilot is perfect for taking the family to the beach or a couple of friends for a getaway to Trestles. With the 3rd row folded flat the Pilot offers 55 cu ft of space, and with the second row also folded it has a cavernous 109 cu ft of space.

The Pilot is powered by Honda’s esteemed i-VTEC V6 engine, doling out as much smooth power as you’ll need. Also, every trim level of the Pilot offers virtually identical running gear and nearly all of the top safety features. As the range rises, so do the options, but the base model EX is nicely equipped.

Audi’s Q5 has conquered the crowded compact luxury SUV segment since its introduction. Its flowing body design and handsome interior is retained from the launch but Audi has made many great features standard equipment like onboard wifi, a wireless charging pad and rear-seat USB ports.

For those heading out to the beach before dawn, heated seats are also now standard. The Q5 boasts 248 HP from turbo charged inline 4. Amazingly its 0-60 is one of the fastest in its class while its mileage is higher than competitors from Cadillac and Porsche. Like most crossovers, Audi has anticipated the needs of active lifestyle with the ability to carry almost anything: paddle board, kayak and of course, surfboards.

Toyota’s RAV4 was launched in 1996 as the first compact crossover and it led to a slew of imitators. It’s still considered best in its ever-growing class. 2019’s RAV4 has shed the boxy styling of yesterday with a sleek, sporty body and great Toyota running gear underneath.

It’s longer and wider stance improves the ride quality and expands the size of the cockpit. It also includes features normally found in the luxury crossover world like Dynamic torque vectoring, a system that can redistribute power to any of the four wheels that needs it. Multi terrain select allows you to dial up driving modes for mud/sand, rocks/dirt and snow.  The RAV4 also comes in a Hybrid variation that can reduce your carbon footprint, whether it’s goofy or not.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan quickly became one of the most popular models in the VW stable. It’s stylish design, well laid-out interior and functionality makes it perfect for busy families. Its 2 liter turbocharged engine and 8-speed manual transmission provides plenty of power and great mileage for an SUV.

The Tiguan now has optional 3rd row, 7 passenger seating if your tribe requires it. Volkswagen also offers a generous 6 year/72,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Convenience amenities include seat release levers in the storage area, hands-free activation of the liftgate storage solutions, roof mounting systems, and a myriad of option accessories make the Tiguan the perfect car for the beach and beyond.


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