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Sunset Cliffs ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 2.1
Difficulty Level: 3.9
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.6

Overall: 2.5

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Sunset Cliffs Spot ID

Big wednesday, Sunset Cliffs photo

Sunset Cliffs

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Sunset Cliffs

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Sunset Cliffs

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Sunset Cliffs

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.7 °C

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Friday, 18 January 2019, 19:46 Local time
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 15
NNW 15
NNW 10
NNW 10
Wind State cross-
cross cross

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Sunset Cliffs in San Diego County is an exposed reef break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Beware of urchins, rips, rocks, obstacles, locals and pollution.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For San Diego, Quarantine Station, California, 3 km from Sunset Cliffs.

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Sunset Cliffs Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At San Diego Shelter Island, 3 km from Sunset Cliffs.

light winds from the WNW

Air temperature
15 °C

Current weather near Sunset Cliffs

Buoy Data:

At SCRIPPS Nearshore, CA, 11 miles from Sunset Cliffs.

  3PM 4PM 5PM 6PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.5
Dominant period (s) 11 15 15 15

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Overall Sunset Cliffs Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The closest passenger airport to Sunset Cliffs is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Sunset Cliffs is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 7 km (4 miles) away.
  • Third is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 20 km (12 miles) away.
  • General Abelardo L Rodriguez International (Tijuana) Airport (TIJ) in Mexico is 33 km (20 miles) away.
  • General Alberto L Salinas C International (Ensenada) Airport (ESE), also in Mexico is the fifth nearest airport to Sunset Cliffs and is 119 km (74 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Sunset Cliffs, CAL - San Diego County. Use the tab navigation above to view Sunset Cliffs sea temperature, Sunset Cliffs photographs, Sunset Cliffs detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Sunset Cliffs webcams, current wind from CAL - San Diego County live weather stations and Sunset Cliffs 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 Sunset Cliffs.