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Cardiff Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.3

Overall: 3.2

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Cardiff Reef Spot ID

Cardiff, Cardiff Reef photo

Cardiff Reef

Photo credit: Michael Milligan

Type: reef

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 23.4 °C

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Saturday, 2 July 2016, 02:31 Local time
Saturday 02
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 5
WSW 10
SW 15
Wind State cross-
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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.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Solana Beach, 8 km from Cardiff Reef.

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Cardiff Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Leucadia, 2 km from Cardiff Reef.


Air temperature
18 °C

Current weather near Cardiff Reef

Buoy Data:

At San Clemente Basin Buoy, 58 miles from Cardiff Reef.

  8PM 9PM 10PM 11PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 1.7
Dominant period (s) 16 16 16 16

All wavebuoys around Cardiff Reef

Overall Cardiff Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Cardiff Reef Location Maps

Cardiff Reef Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Cardiff Reef:

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Wave buoys nearest to Cardiff Reef:

Tide stations nearest to Cardiff Reef:

  • Closest tide station
    Solana Beach
    5 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    7 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    La Jolla, Scripps Pier
    14 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Crown Point, Mission Bay
    20 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Cardiff Reef:

  • Closest ski area
    Snow Valley
    81 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Mt Baldy
    82 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Big Bear Mountain
    85 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Snow Summit
    85 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Bear Mountain
    91 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Cardiff Reef:

  • Closest city location
    2 mi
  • Second closest city location
    7 mi
  • Third closest city location
    San Marcos
    10 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    11 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    11 mi


  • 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.
Cardiff Reef break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cardiff Reef, CAL - San Diego County. Use the tab navigation above to view Cardiff Reef sea temperature, Cardiff Reef photographs, Cardiff Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cardiff Reef webcams, current wind from CAL - San Diego County live weather stations and Cardiff Reef 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 Cardiff Reef.