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South Bird Rock ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.5

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South Bird Rock Spot ID

stormy day, South Bird Rock photo

South Bird Rock

Photo credit: carles

Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 20.1 °C

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 06:17 Local time
Wednesday 25
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 6 7 7 7
Wind (km/h) 35
WNW 40
WNW 35
WNW 30
Wind State cross cross-

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South Bird Rock in San Diego County is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. There are left and right breaking reefs. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. It's often crowded here. Take care to avoid the rocks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Crown Point, Mission Bay, California, 5 km from South Bird Rock.

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South Bird Rock Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At San Diego, 4 km from South Bird Rock.

strong winds from the W

Air temperature
15 °C

Current weather near South Bird Rock

Buoy Data:

At San Clemente Basin Buoy, 49 miles from South Bird Rock.

  1AM 2AM 3AM 4AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.3
Dominant period (s) 14 14 13 6

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Overall South Bird Rock Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in November

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South Bird Rock Location Maps

South Bird Rock Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to South Bird Rock:

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Wave buoys nearest to South Bird Rock:

Tide stations nearest to South Bird Rock:

  • Closest tide station
    Crown Point, Mission Bay
    3 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    La Jolla, Scripps Pier
    4 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Quivira Basin, Mission Bay
    4 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    San Diego, Quarantine Station
    8 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    San Diego
    9 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to South Bird Rock:

  • Closest ski area
    Snow Valley (United States)
    98 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Mt Baldy (United States)
    99 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Big Bear Mountain (United States)
    100 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Snow Summit (United States)
    100 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Bear Mountain (United States)
    106 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to South Bird Rock:

  • Closest city location
    San Diego (United States)
    6 mi
  • Second closest city location
    National City (United States)
    14 mi
  • Third closest city location
    La Mesa (United States)
    15 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Lemon Grove (United States)
    15 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Encinitas (United States)
    16 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to South Bird Rock is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN) in USA, 12 km (7 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to South Bird Rock is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX), also in USA, 14 km (9 miles) away.
  • Third is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 14 km (9 miles) away.
  • General Abelardo L Rodriguez International (Tijuana) Airport (TIJ) in Mexico is 42 km (26 miles) away.
  • John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA is the fifth nearest airport to South Bird Rock and is 111 km (69 miles) away.
South Bird Rock break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for South Bird Rock, CAL - San Diego County. Use the tab navigation above to view South Bird Rock sea temperature, South Bird Rock photographs, South Bird Rock detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, South Bird Rock webcams, current wind from CAL - San Diego County live weather stations and South Bird Rock 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 South Bird Rock.