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Sunset State Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.7

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Sunset State Beach Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell W | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.3 °C

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 08:47 Local time
Tuesday 22
Wave (m) 1.8
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 5
NE 5
NE 5
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Sunset State Beach in Santa Cruz is an exposed beach break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here. Hazards include rips and sharks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Elkhorn Slough railroad bridge, California, 9 km from Sunset State Beach.

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Sunset State Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Sunset Beach Watsonville wx, 1 km from Sunset State Beach.


Air temperature
9.9 °C

Current weather near Sunset State Beach

Buoy Data:

At Cabrillo Point, Monterey Bay, CA, 19 miles from Sunset State Beach.

  5AM 6AM 7AM 8AM
Data Age 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr 0 hr
Wave height (m) 1.2
Dominant period (s) 11 11 11 10

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Overall Sunset State Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Sunset State Beach Location Map

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Town and city forecasts close to Sunset State Beach:


  • The closest passenger airport to Sunset State Beach is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 52 km (32 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Sunset State Beach is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 60 km (37 miles) away.
  • Third is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 93 km (58 miles) away.
  • Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in USA is 98 km (61 miles) away.
  • Modesto City Co Harry Sham Airport (MOD), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Sunset State Beach and is 113 km (70 miles) away.
Sunset State Beach break location map and break info

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