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Cortez Bank ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 2.8

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Cortez Bank Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.2 °C

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 20:17 Local time
Wave (m) 2.0
Period (s) 15 14 14 15
Wind (km/h) 20
SSW 20
SSW 20
SSW 20
Wind State cross-
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Cortez Bank in San Diego County is a reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Offshore winds blow from the east. The ideal swell angle is from the west. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of rocks and sharks.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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Cortez Bank Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Tanner Banks Buoy, 37 km from Cortez Bank.


Air temperature
16.0 °C

Current weather near Cortez Bank

Buoy Data:

At Tanner Banks Buoy, 24 miles from Cortez Bank.

  3PM 4PM 5PM 6PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 2.4
Dominant period (s) 13 15 14 14

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Overall Cortez Bank Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The closest passenger airport to Cortez Bank is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 181 km (112 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cortez Bank is Long Beach Airport (LGB), also in USA, 182 km (113 miles) away.
  • Third is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in USA, 184 km (114 miles) away.
  • John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA is 184 km (114 miles) away.
  • Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Cortez Bank and is 185 km (115 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cortez Bank, CAL - San Diego County. Use the tab navigation above to view Cortez Bank sea temperature, Cortez Bank photographs, Cortez Bank detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cortez Bank webcams, current wind from CAL - San Diego County live weather stations and Cortez Bank 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 Cortez Bank.