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Princeton Breakwater ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.2

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Princeton Breakwater Spot ID

Boogie Boarders, Princeton Breakwater photo

Princeton Breakwater

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Lone Boogie Boarder, Princeton Breakwater photo

Princeton Breakwater

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September Bird Rush, Princeton Breakwater photo

Princeton Breakwater

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September Boogie Waves, Princeton Breakwater photo

Princeton Breakwater

Photo credit: William Frankeberger

Type: beach/Jetty

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.2 °C

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 00:56 Local time
Wednesday 23
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 9 9 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
NNE 10
NNE 10
NNE 10
Wind State cross-
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Princeton Breakwater in San Mateo is an exposed beach/Jetty break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast with some shelter here from northwest winds. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best between tides, high tide can move the break too close to shore. Often Crowded. Beware of rocks and sharks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Half Moon Bay, California, 1 km from Princeton Breakwater.

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Princeton Breakwater Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Half Moon Bay, 1 km from Princeton Breakwater.


Air temperature
7 °C

Current weather near Princeton Breakwater

Overall Princeton Breakwater Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The closest passenger airport to Princeton Breakwater is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Princeton Breakwater is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 33 km (20 miles) away.
  • Third is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ) in USA, 39 km (24 miles) away.
  • Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA is 51 km (32 miles) away.
  • Travis Afb (Fairfield) Airport (SUU), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Princeton Breakwater and is 98 km (61 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Princeton Breakwater, CAL - San Mateo. Use the tab navigation above to view Princeton Breakwater sea temperature, Princeton Breakwater photographs, Princeton Breakwater detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Princeton Breakwater webcams, current wind from CAL - San Mateo live weather stations and Princeton Breakwater 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 Princeton Breakwater.