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Garbage ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.6

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Garbage Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.9 °C

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Saturday, 22 September 2018, 13:40 Local time
Saturday 22
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 15 15 15 14
Wind (km/h) 20
WNW 20
WNW 15
NW 15
Wind State cross-

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Garbage in San Diego County is a reef break that has very reliable surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of - Rocks - Localism - Sharks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For San Diego, Quarantine Station, California, 3 km from Garbage.

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Garbage Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Sunset Cliffs San Diego wx, 1 km from Garbage.

light winds from the NW

Air temperature
20.8 °C

Current weather near Garbage

Buoy Data:

At SCRIPPS Nearshore, CA, 11 miles from Garbage.

  8AM 9AM 10AM 11AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.5
Dominant period (s) 8 10 9 7

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Overall Garbage Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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  • The closest passenger airport to Garbage is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Garbage is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 6 km (4 miles) away.
  • Third is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 20 km (12 miles) away.
  • General Abelardo L Rodriguez International (Tijuana) Airport (TIJ) in Mexico is 33 km (20 miles) away.
  • General Alberto L Salinas C International (Ensenada) Airport (ESE), also in Mexico is the fifth nearest airport to Garbage and is 120 km (75 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Garbage, CAL - San Diego County. Use the tab navigation above to view Garbage sea temperature, Garbage photographs, Garbage detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Garbage webcams, current wind from CAL - San Diego County live weather stations and Garbage 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 Garbage.