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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
Black point beachChadbourne gulchDe haven creekChadbourne gulchChadbourne gulchManchester beachGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthGualala rivermouthBlack point beachBig river 1Big river 1Big river 1Big river 1
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.5

NW
1.4

NW
2.2

NW
1.9

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2.0

NW
3.0

NW
2.3

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2.1

NW
2.1

NW
1.9

NW
1.8

NW
1.8

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1.7

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1.1

NW
0.7

SW
0.7

SW
0.7

SW
0.7

SW
Period(s) (?)878899999999101018171616
Energy(?)2502005895175821436911734744612577549546213319309278271
Wind
(km/h)
15 NW15
10 WNW10
5 N5
10 WNW10
10 WNW10
10 NNW10
5 WSW5
10 WNW10
5 NNE5
5 SSW5
10 WSW10
0 ENE0
10 SSW10
10 W10
0 W0
10 WSW10
10 W10
0 NW0
Wind State(?)ononglassononcross-
on
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on
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on
onglasscross-
on
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High Tide
/ height (m)

4:14PM
1.63
3:44AM
1.52

5:04PM
1.67
4:57AM
1.33

5:48PM
1.70

6:20AM
1.19
6:45PM
1.72

7:49AM
1.13
7:34PM
1.74

9:09AM
1.14


Low Tide
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9:15AM
-0.16

9:49PM
0.55
10:04AM
0.51

11:04PM
0.48
10:54AM
0.24

12:21AM
0.39
11:47AM
0.42

1:32AM
0.27
12:43PM
0.58

2:34AM
0.16
1:41PM
0.69

3:21AM
0.49
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Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
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High °C
192522262817222219222219222318222118
Low °C
152519212716182117172118192318192117
Chill °C (?)
192522262816222219222219222318222118
Sunrise
6:03--6:01--6:05--6:05--6:05--6:05--
Sunset
-8:39--8:38--8:36--8:35--8:34--8:36-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.1

NW
0.4

NW
1.8

NW
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
2.5

NW
2.3

NW
2.1

NW
2.1

NW
1.9

NW
1.8

NW
1.8

NW
1.7

NW
1.1

NW
1.2

NW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
Period (s)81181313999999910109999
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.3

SSW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

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0.4

SW
0.5

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0.4

SW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.7

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0.7

SW
0.7

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0.7

SW
Period (s)131313181817161817161616191718171616
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.5

NW
1.4

NW
2.2

NW
1.9

NW
2.0

NW
3.0

NW

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Period (s)878899------------


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.