Bolsa Chica ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.3

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Bolsa Chica Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Orange County, USA)

Small Summer Day at Bolsa Chica photo

Photo credit: Leland Berg

Bolsa Chica Spot ID:

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.5 °C

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Sunday, 29 March 2015, 06:42 Local time

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2AM 5AM 8AM 11AM
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 17 16 16 17
Wind (km/h) 5
S 5
ESE 10
Wind State cross-
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Bolsa Chica in Orange County is a sheltered beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of rips, locals and pollution.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Los Patos (highway bridge), California, 2 km from Bolsa Chica.

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Bolsa Chica Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Huntington Beach, 3 km from Bolsa Chica.


Air temperature
15 °C

Current weather near Bolsa Chica

Buoy Data:

At Santa Monica Basin Buoy, 58 miles from Bolsa Chica.

  12AM 1AM 2AM 3AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 1.1
Dominant period (s) 17 16 16 17

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Overall Bolsa Chica Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Visitor Reviews of Bolsa Chica

Mark from UNITED STATES writes:

A small group of friends and I surf our kayaks at Bolsa Chica once or twice a week. We seldom have any trouble with the board surfers, as we're usually happy to inhabit the less prime areas. We like it because even on days with bad reports, we seem to be able to find a ride. Conditions can change quite a bit with the tide. Seems to close out when it gets bigger. Busy in the summer, but everyone seems to make room. Nice facilities and close to down town HB or Sunset Beach


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Bolsa Chica:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Sunset Beach 1 mi
Second closest break Surfside Jetty 1 mi
Third closest break Anderson Street 2 mi
Fourth closest break Dolphin Street 2 mi
Fifth closest break Huntington Cliffs 2 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Bolsa Chica:

Closest wave buoy Santa Monica Basin Buoy 58 mi
Second closest wave buoy San Clemente Basin Buoy 84 mi
Third closest wave buoy East Santa Barbara Buoy 109 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy Tanner Banks Buoy 122 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy South Santa Rosa Island Buoy 123 mi

Tide stations nearest to Bolsa Chica:

Closest tide station Los Patos (highway bridge) 1 mi
Second closest tide station Seal Beach 4 mi
Third closest tide station Huntington Beach 6 mi
Fourth closest tide station Santa Ana River entrance (inside) 8 mi
Fifth closest tide station Long Beach, Outer Harbor, Pier A 9 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Bolsa Chica:

Closest ski area Mt Baldy (United States) 40 mi
Second closest ski area Mountain High resort (United States) 51 mi
Third closest ski area Sunrise Ski Area (United States) 52 mi
Fourth closest ski area Snow Valley (United States) 68 mi
Fifth closest ski area Snow Summit (United States) 76 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Bolsa Chica:

Closest city location Westminster (United States) 5 mi
Second closest city location Huntington Beach (United States) 6 mi
Third closest city location Fountain Valley (United States) 6 mi
Fourth closest city location Garden Grove (United States) 7 mi
Fifth closest city location Cypress (United States) 8 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Bolsa Chica,Surfside and Sunset Beaches is Long Beach Airport (LGB) in USA, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Bolsa Chica,Surfside and Sunset Beaches is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA), also in USA, 18 km (11 miles) away.
  • Third is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK) in USA, 22 km (14 miles) away.
  • Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR) in USA is 35 km (22 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Bolsa Chica,Surfside and Sunset Beaches and is 42 km (26 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Bolsa Chica, CAL - Orange County. Use the tab navigation above to view Bolsa Chica sea temperature, Bolsa Chica photographs, Bolsa Chica detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Bolsa Chica webcams, current wind from CAL - Orange County live weather stations and Bolsa Chica tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Bolsa Chica.


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