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Cape Mendocino ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Cape Mendocino Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 10.4 °C

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Friday, 18 January 2019, 19:45 Local time
Wave (m) 3.0
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 35
SSE 40
SSE 40
SSE 35
Wind State cross-

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Cape Mendocino in Humboldt is an exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for sharks, rips and rocks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Cape Mendocino, California, 2 km from Cape Mendocino.

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Cape Mendocino Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At 5th and Pixley Ferndale wx, 21 km from Cape Mendocino.

wind obs. (6.8 kph from 90 degs) was rejected

Air temperature
11.8 °C

Current weather near Cape Mendocino

Buoy Data:

At Cape Mendocino, CA, 19 miles from Cape Mendocino.

  4PM 5PM 6PM 7PM
Data Age 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr 0 hr
Wave height (m) 4.0
Dominant period (s) 13 13 13 12

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Overall Cape Mendocino Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Town and city forecasts close to Cape Mendocino:

  • Closest city location
    29 mi
  • Second closest city location
    106 mi
  • Third closest city location
    144 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    150 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    154 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to Cape Mendocino is Chico Muni Airport (CIC) in USA, which is 227 km (141 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Cape Mendocino is Beale Afb (Marysville) Airport (BAB), also in USA, 291 km (181 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cape Mendocino, CAL - Humboldt. Use the tab navigation above to view Cape Mendocino sea temperature, Cape Mendocino photographs, Cape Mendocino detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cape Mendocino webcams, current wind from CAL - Humboldt live weather stations and Cape Mendocino 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 Cape Mendocino.