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Waddell Creek ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5
Eating: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Waddell Creek Spot ID

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.0 °C

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Sunday, 20 January 2019, 07:06 Local time
Sunday 20
Wave (m) 2.3
Period (s) 12 12 12 11
Wind (km/h) 15
SSW 20
SW 20
W 25
Wind State on on cross-

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Waddell Creek in Santa Cruz is an exposed beach and reef break that has unreliable waves Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around high tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for rips, sharks and rocks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Ano Nuevo Island, California, 4 km from Waddell Creek.

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Waddell Creek Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Bonny Doon Santa Cruz wx, 13 km from Waddell Creek.


Air temperature
10.6 °C

Current weather near Waddell Creek

Buoy Data:

At Monterey Buoy, 22 miles from Waddell Creek.

  2AM 3AM 4AM 5AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 2.8
Dominant period (s) 12 11 12 12

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Overall Waddell Creek Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The closest passenger airport to Waddell Creek is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ) in USA, 41 km (25 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Waddell Creek is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), also in USA, 43 km (27 miles) away.
  • Third is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 57 km (35 miles) away.
  • Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in USA is 69 km (43 miles) away.
  • Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Waddell Creek and is 128 km (80 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Waddell Creek, CAL - Santa Cruz. Use the tab navigation above to view Waddell Creek sea temperature, Waddell Creek photographs, Waddell Creek detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Waddell Creek webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Cruz live weather stations and Waddell Creek 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 Waddell Creek.