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San Mateo Surf

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

San Mateo Surf Forecast

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

San Mateo Photos

San Mateo Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in San Mateo
Manresa state beachSanta cruz 26thSteamer lane the pointMoss landingBean hollow state beachFrancis beachSteamer lane the pointSteamer lane middle peakSteamer lane the pointBean hollow state beachSteamer lane the pointBeer can beachSanta cruz 41st privatesSanta cruz 41st privatesSanta cruz 26thSanta cruz 26thSanta cruz 26thSteamer lane the point
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.9

WNW
1.2

WNW
0.9

WNW
2.1

W
3.0

WSW
1.7

WSW
1.7

WNW
2.5

W
2.4

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.1

W
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
4.0

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.5

WNW
Period(s) (?)101314131091114131312129910101011
Energy(?)706454336153317995066432680198913799471186126114803060280429422831
Wind
(km/h)
10 WNW10
15 W15
5 SSE5
15 S15
20 SW20
10 WNW10
10 NW10
20 WNW20
10 NNW10
5 WNW5
10 SW10
20 W20
30 NW30
35 NW35
25 NNW25
30 NNW30
30 NNW30
10 NNW10
Wind State(?)cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
ononcross-
off
offcross-
off
glassoncross-
off
offoffoffoffoffcross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)


9:31PM
1.21
8:12AM
1.89

9:54PM
1.27
9:03AM
1.46

10:20PM
1.34
10:09AM
2.32

10:51PM
1.46
11:09AM
1.70

11:11PM
2.17
11:30AM
1.55

11:51PM
1.56
Low Tide
/ height (m)

2:17PM
0.07
2:35AM
0.67

2:55PM
0.00
3:12AM
0.53

3:32PM
-0.03
3:48AM
0.38

4:15PM
0.44
4:47AM
0.24

4:57PM
0.50

5:21AM
0.13
5:41PM
0.13

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clear
partially cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Summary
clearclearsome cloudslight rainheavy rainclearclearclearclearsome cloudslight rainheavy rainsome cloudsclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
---325-----217------
High °C
131412131413141612111212131411142015
Low °C
914111213121116101012111114991812
Chill °C (?)
12131213131313151111121010118122014
Sunrise
7:05--7:05--7:03--7:03--7:01--6:58--
Sunset
-7:22--7:24--7:23--7:24--7:24--7:25-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.9

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.0

W
2.1

W
3.0

WSW
1.7

WSW
1.7

WNW
2.5

W
2.4

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW

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1.0

W
1.3

WNW
1.7

WNW
2.1

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.2

WNW
Period (s)1099131091114131312-212019181716
Swell2 (m) & direction
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
0.9

WNW

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1.0

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.4

WSW

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0.4

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.3

SSW
Period (s)141314-13119-14161616151515141414
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
2.1

W
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
4.0

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.5

WNW
Period (s)-----------129910101011


San Mateo Surf Breaks

San Mateo County sports a number of different surf spots, mostly beach breaks, but with a few semi-secret reef spots. The best time of year to surf is the Fall/Winter, from October through January. To access the surf spots you will use Highway 1, leaving either Pacifica or Santa Cruz and driving along the cliffs looking for the turnouts that lead to the beaches and coves. There's a variety of breaks that allow you to surf different locations depending on conditions. Ocean Beach is a 2 mile stretch of heavy beach break. Very exposed to swell and unfortunately wind. Glorious days to be had in fall when the winds go off shore and the fog is nowhere to be found. As for the rest of the coast in SMC, there are spots that face different directions that are best for catching swell or hiding from it when it is big. The topography is dynamic here as to SoCal in that way.