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Gray Whale Cove ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Gray Whale Cove Spot ID

Type: beach

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.5 °C

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Sunday, 16 December 2018, 16:12 Local time
Sunday 16
Wave (m) 2.0
Period (s) 15 15 18 20
Wind (km/h) 40
SSE 40
SSE 35
SSW 15
Wind State cross-
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Gray Whale Cove in San Mateo is a beach break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year. Offshore winds blow from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for rips and sharks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Pacifica, 6 km from Gray Whale Cove.

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Gray Whale Cove Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Montara, 2 km from Gray Whale Cove.

wind obs. (13 kph from 248 degs) was rejected

Air temperature
14 °C

Current weather near Gray Whale Cove

Buoy Data:

At San Francisco Bar, 17 miles from Gray Whale Cove.

  12PM 1PM 2PM 3PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 2.4
Dominant period (s) 12 13 14 13

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Overall Gray Whale Cove Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • The closest passenger airport to Gray Whale Cove is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 14 km (9 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Gray Whale Cove is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 31 km (19 miles) away.
  • Third is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ) in USA, 44 km (27 miles) away.
  • Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA is 56 km (35 miles) away.
  • Travis Afb (Fairfield) Airport (SUU), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Gray Whale Cove and is 93 km (58 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Gray Whale Cove, CAL - San Mateo. Use the tab navigation above to view Gray Whale Cove sea temperature, Gray Whale Cove photographs, Gray Whale Cove detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Gray Whale Cove webcams, current wind from CAL - San Mateo live weather stations and Gray Whale 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 Gray Whale Cove.