Cardiff Reef Spot ID
Photo credit: Michael Milligan
Reliability: very consistent
Best: Swell WNW | Wind E
Sea Temperature Today is: 18.5 °C
Cardiff Reef in San Diego County is an exposed reef break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest. Both left (best) and right reef breaks.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for crowds and rocks.
For Solana Beach, 8 km from Cardiff Reef.
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At Leucadia, 2 km from Cardiff Reef.
At San Clemente Basin Buoy, 58 miles from Cardiff Reef.
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Overall Cardiff Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May
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- The closest passenger airport to Cardiff Reef is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 26 km (16 miles) away (directly).
- The second nearest airport to Cardiff Reef is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 38 km (24 miles) away.
- Third is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 41 km (25 miles) away.
- General Abelardo L Rodriguez International (Tijuana) Airport (TIJ) in Mexico is 65 km (40 miles) away.
- John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Cardiff Reef and is 86 km (53 miles) away.
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