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Mendocino County Surf

Detailed Mendocino County surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in Mendocino County. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in Mendocino County. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Mendocino County over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Mendocino County and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Mendocino County Surf Forecast

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Mendocino County Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the Mendocino County Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Mendocino County coastline are also listed below.

Mendocino County Photos

Mendocino County Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Mendocino County
Gualala rivermouthChadbourne gulchChadbourne gulchChadbourne gulchChadbourne gulchChadbourne gulchChadbourne gulchChadbourne gulchGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthSchooner gulchGualala rivermouthChadbourne gulchGualala rivermouthManchester beachGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouth
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.9

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0.9

NW
1.4

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1.3

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1.6

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2.2

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1.8

NW
1.8

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2.5

NW
2.1

NW
1.8

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1.9

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1.9

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1.4

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2.1

NW
2.0

NW
1.9

NW
1.7

NW
Period(s) (?)8877789999999910101010
Energy(?)104882091712555894545131002721552599639339768800678546
Wind
(km/h)
10 W10
10 W10
5 NNW5
10 WNW10
10 WNW10
5 N5
10 WNW10
10 WNW10
5 N5
10 WSW10
10 WNW10
10 NNW10
10 W10
5 W5
5 N5
10 SSW10
10 SW10
5 SE5
Wind State(?)ononglassononglassononglassononcross-
off
ononglasscross-
off
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glass
High Tide
/ height (m)

3:12PM
2.07
2:40AM
1.73

4:14PM
1.63
3:44AM
1.52

4:50PM
1.70
4:57AM
1.33

5:55PM
1.70

6:20AM
1.19
6:31PM
1.76

7:35AM
1.15
7:34PM
1.74

Low Tide
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8:28AM
0.11

8:40PM
0.58
9:15AM
-0.15

9:49PM
0.55
10:04AM
0.04

11:04PM
0.48
10:54AM
0.24

12:21AM
0.39
11:47AM
0.42

1:32AM
0.27
12:43PM
0.61

2:34AM
0.15
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rain showers
clear
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Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
182319252622272820232318232720202218
Low °C
142318202619212817202218202618192216
Chill °C (?)
182319252622272820232318232720202218
Sunrise
6:01--6:01--6:01--6:05--6:05--6:05--
Sunset
-8:40--8:39--8:38--8:36--8:37--8:34-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.9

NW
0.4

SSW
1.2

NW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
1.8

NW
1.8

NW
1.8

NW
2.5

NW
2.1

NW
1.8

NW
1.9

NW
1.9

NW
1.4

NW
2.1

NW
2.0

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1.9

NW
1.7

NW
Period (s)8147131389999999910101010
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.5

S
0.4

S
0.4

SW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.5

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0.4

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0.4

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0.5

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0.6

SSW
Period (s)121213111113121317161817161616191718
Wind waves (m) & direction
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0.9

NW
1.4

NW
1.3

NW
1.6

NW
2.2

NW

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Period (s)-87778------------


Mendocino County Surf Breaks

Mendocino County has a mixture of sandy and rocky breaks, with a lot of breaks being inaccessible, Highway 1 runs most of this stretch of coast. The water tends to stay quite chilly so a 4/3 plus wetsuit will be needed year round. There are facilities all up and down the coast line, but don't be fooled into thinking this area holds a California paradise of surf, as most places are rocky and unrideable. Crowds are quite common and so are Sharks so beware.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.