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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
Big river 1Big river 1Usal beachChadbourne gulchGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthBig river 1Schooner gulchBig river 1Chadbourne gulchSchooner gulchChadbourne gulchSchooner gulchBig river 1Chadbourne gulchChadbourne gulchDe haven creek
Rating4
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
3.5

NW
3.5

NW
1.6

NW
0.8

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.6

NW
2.5

NW
2.5

NW
1.0

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
2.3

WNW
Period(s) (?)131211171615109881816161515151414
Energy(?)422838235533515966745104461000842596103681710517067265652118
Wind
(km/h)
35 NNW35
20 N20
10 N10
15 WNW15
10 ESE10
10 ESE10
10 WSW10
20 NNW20
40 NNW40
40 NNW40
10 NNE10
15 N15
15 NW15
10 N10
5 NW5
10 WSW10
15 NW15
15 NW15
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
offcross-
off
oncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
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cross-
off
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on
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High Tide
/ height (m)

1:56AM
1.68

2:02PM
1.42
2:34AM
1.72

3:09PM
1.29
3:16AM
2.23

4:40PM
1.20


5:47PM
1.54

5:00AM
2.18

7:10PM
1.60
6:05AM
2.25
Low Tide
/ height (m)

7:19PM
0.30
8:06AM
0.51

7:56PM
0.44
9:07AM
0.44

8:42PM
1.01
10:16AM
0.34

9:29PM
0.75
11:20AM
0.64

10:23PM
1.20
12:30PM
0.50

11:42PM
1.24

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Summary
clearclearclearsome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrs
Rain (mm)
----11---------162
High °C
859971110899581079999
Low °C
646768859816767968
Chill °C (?)
4177710965515848766
Sunrise
--7:00--6:56--6:56--6:54--6:54--6:52
Sunset
5:57--5:57--5:59--6:00--6:00--6:01--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.2

S
2.5

NW
1.6

NW
0.8

WNW
1.2

NW
1.2

NW
1.6

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.5

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
0.6

NNW
Period (s)13121117109101413191816161515151412
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.1

NW
0.4

NW
0.6

WNW
0.5

NW
1.1

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.1

WNW
0.2

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0.4

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.3

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0.3

S
0.3

S
0.5

NW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.2

S
Period (s)21191812161514192016121616155141414
Wind waves (m) & direction
3.5

NW
3.5

NW

-
1.2

NW

-

-

-
1.6

NW
2.5

NW
2.5

NW
2.0

NW
2.0

NW
1.3

NW
1.4

NW

-

-
1.5

WNW
2.3

WNW
Period (s)1312-10---9889877--614


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.