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Mitchell's Cove ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.0

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Mitchell's Cove Spot ID

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Type: reef and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.1 °C

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Friday, 1 July 2016, 10:01 Local time
Friday 01
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 5
W 10
WSW 15
WSW 10
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Mitchell's Cove in Santa Cruz is a sheltered reef and point break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Often Crowded. Hazards include rips, rocks and locals.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Santa Cruz, California, 2 km from Mitchell's Cove.

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Mitchell's Cove Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Santa Cruz, 4 km from Mitchell's Cove.


Air temperature
13 °C

Current weather near Mitchell's Cove

Buoy Data:

At Monterey Buoy, 23 miles from Mitchell's Cove.

  4AM 5AM 6AM 7AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 2.7
Dominant period (s) 11 11 10 11

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Overall Mitchell's Cove Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Mitchell's Cove Location Maps

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Mitchell's Cove:

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Wave buoys nearest to Mitchell's Cove:

Tide stations nearest to Mitchell's Cove:

  • Closest tide station
    Santa Cruz
    1 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Live Oak
    4 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    7 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Rio Del Mar
    7 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Elkhorn Slough, Highway 1 Bridge
    17 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Mitchell's Cove:

  • Closest ski area
    Badger Pass Ski Area
    139 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Dodge Ridge
    143 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Bear Valley
    152 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    China Peak Mountain Resort
    160 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    162 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Mitchell's Cove:

  • Closest city location
    Santa Cruz
    2 mi
  • Second closest city location
    16 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Los Gatos
    19 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    22 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    24 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Mitchell's Cove is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Mitchell's Cove is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 52 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 Mitchell's Cove and is 122 km (76 miles) away.
Mitchell's Cove break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Mitchell's Cove, CAL - Santa Cruz. Use the tab navigation above to view Mitchell's Cove sea temperature, Mitchell's Cove photographs, Mitchell's Cove detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Mitchell's Cove webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Cruz live weather stations and Mitchell's 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 Mitchell's Cove.