Imperial Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.6
Crowds: 3.7

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Imperial Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(San Diego County, USA)

Slip Slidin' Away, Imperial Beach photo

Photo credit: Rick Click Photography

Imperial Beach Peir photo

Photo credit: Jeannette Shambaugh

Imperial Beach Spot ID:

Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.5 °C

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Thursday, 29 January 2015, 12:23 Local time

Thursday 29
7AM 10AM 1PM 4PM
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 5
ESE 10
S 10
SW 10
Wind State cross-
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Imperial Beach in San Diego County is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Hazards include rips and pollution.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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For Imperial Beach, California, 1 km from Imperial Beach.

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Air temperature
18.2 °C

Current weather near Imperial Beach

Buoy Data:

At San Clemente Basin Buoy, 53 miles from Imperial Beach.

  7AM 8AM 9AM 10AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 1.2
Dominant period (s) 14 14 13 13

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Overall Imperial Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Visitor Reviews of Imperial Beach

KristinaB from UNITED STATES writes:

I love IB! I was raised here, and it is a great place to live, work, and play. It has a small town vibe and everyone knows each other. The atmosphere is laid back and chilled. Imperial Beach is not a crowded beach, except for once a year during Sand Castles. Sand Castles is a competition held each year during July. It brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and lasts for 3 days. If you love the ocean, love community, and like to live a relaxed lifestyle, IB is for you. The water's great, come on in! There is no place like this little jewel in the most southwest point of the United States. Few people live here, less than 50,000, and the weather is perfect. The locals are friendly, so come on out!


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Imperial Beach:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Tijuana Sloughs 4 mi
Second closest break Coronado Beaches 7 mi
Third closest break Point Loma 8 mi
Fourth closest break Donuts 9 mi
Fifth closest break San Antonio Del Mar 9 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Imperial Beach:

Closest wave buoy San Clemente Basin Buoy 53 mi
Second closest wave buoy Santa Monica Basin Buoy 137 mi
Third closest wave buoy Tanner Banks Buoy 140 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy South Santa Rosa Island Buoy 193 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy East Santa Barbara Buoy 194 mi

Tide stations nearest to Imperial Beach:

Closest tide station Imperial Beach 1 mi
Second closest tide station Chula Vista 3 mi
Third closest tide station National City, San Diego Bay 6 mi
Fourth closest tide station Tijuana 7 mi
Fifth closest tide station Point Loma 8 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Imperial Beach:

Closest ski area Snow Valley (United States) 112 mi
Second closest ski area Big Bear Mountain (United States) 114 mi
Third closest ski area Snow Summit (United States) 114 mi
Fourth closest ski area Mt Baldy (United States) 116 mi
Fifth closest ski area Bear Mountain (United States) 120 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Imperial Beach:

Closest city location Imperial Beach (United States) 1 mi
Second closest city location Chula Vista (United States) 3 mi
Third closest city location National City (United States) 6 mi
Fourth closest city location Tijuana (Mexico) 7 mi
Fifth closest city location La Presa (United States) 11 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Imperial Beach is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Imperial Beach is General Abelardo L Rodriguez International (Tijuana) Airport (TIJ) in Mexico, 16 km (10 miles) away.
  • Third is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN) in USA, 17 km (11 miles) away.
  • Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA is 31 km (19 miles) away.
  • General Alberto L Salinas C International (Ensenada) Airport (ESE) in Mexico is the fifth nearest airport to Imperial Beach and is 101 km (63 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Imperial Beach, CAL - San Diego County. Use the tab navigation above to view Imperial Beach sea temperature, Imperial Beach photographs, Imperial Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Imperial Beach webcams, current wind from CAL - San Diego County live weather stations and Imperial Beach 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 Imperial Beach.


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