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Cowells Cove ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.3

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Surfer and Dog, Cowells Cove photo

Cowells Cove

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Cowells Cove

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Type: point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSW | Wind WNW

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.5 °C

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 19:45 Local time
Wave (m) 0.2
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 25
NW 25
NW 25
NNW 20
Wind State cross-

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Cowells Cove in Santa Cruz is a sheltered point break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's often crowded here. Beware of sharks, rips and rocks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Santa Cruz, California, 1 km from Cowells Cove.

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Cowells Cove Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Lighthouse Cowells Santa Cruz wx, 0 km from Cowells Cove.


Air temperature
11.7 °C

Current weather near Cowells Cove

Buoy Data:

At Monterey Buoy, 24 miles from Cowells Cove.

  3PM 4PM 5PM 6PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 3.0
Dominant period (s) 8 9 8 9

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Overall Cowells Cove Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February

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  • The closest passenger airport to Cowells Cove is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cowells Cove is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 51 km (32 miles) away.
  • Third is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 80 km (50 miles) away.
  • Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in USA is 87 km (54 miles) away.
  • Modesto City Co Harry Sham Airport (MOD), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Cowells Cove and is 120 km (75 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cowells Cove, CAL - Santa Cruz. Use the tab navigation above to view Cowells Cove sea temperature, Cowells Cove photographs, Cowells Cove detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cowells Cove webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Cruz live weather stations and Cowells Cove 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 Cowells Cove.