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Cottons Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.6

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Cottons Point Spot ID

Katie backside at Cottons Pt., Cottons Point photo

Cottons Point

Photo credit: Dr.Doug

Type: reef and point

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.4 °C

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Sunday, 21 January 2018, 08:56 Local time
Sunday 21
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 10
E 5
SE 5
SSW 10
Wind State cross-
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Cottons Point in San Diego County is an exposed reef and point break that has dependable surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest.The break here is a left hand point. Best around mid tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Rocks are a hazard.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For San Clemente, California, 4 km from Cottons Point.

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Cottons Point Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At APRSWXNET San Clemente wx, 2 km from Cottons Point.


Air temperature
9.4 °C

Current weather near Cottons Point

Buoy Data:

At Camp Pendleton Nearshore, CA, 15 miles from Cottons Point.

  4AM 5AM 6AM 7AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.4
Dominant period (s) 7 8 8 8

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Overall Cottons Point Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Town and city forecasts close to Cottons Point:


  • The closest passenger airport to Cottons Point is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK) in USA, 41 km (25 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cottons Point is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA), also in USA, 41 km (25 miles) away.
  • Third is March Arb (Riverside) Airport (RIV) in USA, 64 km (40 miles) away.
  • Riverside Muni Airport (RAL) in USA is 65 km (40 miles) away.
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Cottons Point and is 70 km (43 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cottons Point, CAL - Orange County. Use the tab navigation above to view Cottons Point sea temperature, Cottons Point photographs, Cottons Point detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cottons Point webcams, current wind from CAL - Orange County live weather stations and Cottons Point 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 Cottons Point.