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San Luis Obispo Surf

Detailed San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo. 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 San Luis Obispo. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in San Luis Obispo over the next 7 days. Surf photos from San Luis Obispo and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

San Luis Obispo Surf Forecast

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San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the San Luis Obispo coastline are also listed below.

San Luis Obispo Photos

San Luis Obispo Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in San Luis Obispo
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Rating0
0
0
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1
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2
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2
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.4

S
0.6

WNW
0.5

NW
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.7

NW
1.1

NW
1.0

NW
1.0

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.8

NW
0.5

SW
0.8

SSW
Period(s) (?)1288888910101099191918101619
Energy(?)424835848262198177177150123123143120209124130406
Wind
(km/h)
5 NW5
10 W10
15 W15
5 WNW5
10 WSW10
10 W10
5 WNW5
5 WSW5
10 WSW10
0 WNW0
10 SW10
10 WSW10
0 WNW0
10 WSW10
10 W10
5 WNW5
10 W10
15 W15
Wind State(?)crosscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassoncross-
on
glassoncross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)
1:32AM
1.62

3:18PM
1.46
2:38AM
1.40

4:11PM
1.52
3:57AM
1.20

5:05PM
1.57

5:29AM
1.07
5:55PM
1.62

7:02AM
1.03
6:43PM
1.66

8:21AM
1.05
7:27PM
1.70
Low Tide
/ height (m)

8:28AM
-0.10

9:00PM
0.62
9:18AM
0.09

10:24PM
0.56
10:10AM
0.28

11:48PM
0.44
11:04AM
0.46

1:01AM
0.30
12:00PM
0.60

2:00AM
0.16
12:55PM
0.70

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partially cloudy
clear
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rain showers
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
192324202222192525222426202623192323
Low °C
172023181821192125202224192121182022
Chill °C (?)
192324202222192525222426202623192323
Sunrise
-6:01--6:01--6:03--6:03--6:03--6:05-
Sunset
--8:19--8:19--8:17--8:19--8:16--8:15
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.4

NW
0.3

S
0.5

NW
0.3

S
0.8

WNW
0.7

NW
1.1

NW
1.0

NW
1.0

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.6

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.7

NW
0.8

SSW
Period (s)91181188910101099999101019
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

S
0.3

SW
0.3

S
0.2

WNW
0.4

NW
0.5

NW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.4

SW
0.5

SW
0.7

NW
Period (s)12131111109171717161616191918151610
Wind waves (m) & direction
0.4

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.8

WNW

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
0.2

W

-

-

-
0.4

WNW
Period (s)4848---------2---3


San Luis Obispo Surf Breaks

San Luis Obispo has a mixture of sand and reef breaks. It might not be top of a California surfers 'to hit' list, but can offer some decent waves if the right conditions collide. The area has few sheltered spots and is usually blown out by mid day with NW prevailing winds. A few will have a sideshore/offshore condition from a NW but most breaks will need an SSE wind which usually comes with a storm. Morro Bay faces W giving it the best of most swells which on a good swell can light up the whole beach with A-frames and fast barrels, be prepared for crowds though. Hazard Canyon on it's day is epic although is unbelievably unforgiving, almost as much as the locals can be if you turn up in numbers. Pismo Beach is one of the more popular breaks which works best on a SE wind but with an array of shops and restaurants around the pier expect some big crowds when it's working.

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.