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

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Cardiff Reef Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(San Diego County, USA)

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Cardiff Reef Spot ID:

Type: reef

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.5 °C

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Sunday, 19 April 2015, 14:03 Local time

Sunday 19
2PM 5PM 8PM 11PM
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 15 15 13 15
Wind (km/h) 25
WSW 15
W 10
WSW 10
Wind State on on on 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. Offshore winds blow from the east. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Watch out for crowds and rocks.

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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
17 °C

Current weather near Cardiff Reef

Buoy Data:

At San Clemente Basin Buoy, 57 miles from Cardiff Reef.

  8AM 9AM 10AM 11AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.4
Dominant period (s) 14 13 13 14

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Overall Cardiff Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Cardiff Reef:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Georges 1 mi
Second closest break San Elijo State Beach 1 mi
Third closest break Sandbox 1 mi
Fourth closest break Leucadia 1 mi
Fifth closest break Seaside Reef 1 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Cardiff Reef:

Closest wave buoy San Clemente Basin Buoy 57 mi
Second closest wave buoy Santa Monica Basin Buoy 112 mi
Third closest wave buoy Tanner Banks Buoy 137 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy East Santa Barbara Buoy 168 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy South Santa Rosa Island Buoy 173 mi

Tide stations nearest to Cardiff Reef:

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

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Ski Resorts closest to Cardiff Reef:

Closest ski area Snow Valley (United States) 81 mi
Second closest ski area Mt Baldy (United States) 82 mi
Third closest ski area Big Bear Mountain (United States) 85 mi
Fourth closest ski area Snow Summit (United States) 85 mi
Fifth closest ski area Bear Mountain (United States) 91 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Cardiff Reef:

Closest city location Encinitas (United States) 2 mi
Second closest city location Carlsbad (United States) 7 mi
Third closest city location San Marcos (United States) 10 mi
Fourth closest city location Oceanside (United States) 11 mi
Fifth closest city location Vista (United States) 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.


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