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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

Overall: 3.6

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Slip Slidin' Away, Imperial Beach photo

Imperial Beach

Photo credit: Rick Click Photography

Imperial Beach Peir photo

Imperial Beach

Photo credit: Jeannette Shambaugh

Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.6 °C

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Friday, 6 May 2016, 06:07 Local time
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Wave (m) 0.7
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Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 20
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SSE 35
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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.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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

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Imperial Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At BUOY-TIXC1, 1 km from Imperial Beach.

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Air temperature
14.7 °C

Current weather near Imperial Beach

Buoy Data:

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

  12AM 1AM 2AM 3AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.3
1.2
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Dominant period (s) 10 11 14 13

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Overall Imperial Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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Airports

  • 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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