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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
Steamer lane middle peakMoss landingSanta cruz 26thSteamer lane middle peakSalinas river state beachPleasure point second peakPleasure point second peakMoss landingSanta cruz 26thSanta cruz 41st privatesManresa state beachFort cronkite rodeo beachSanta cruz 41st privatesSalinas river state beachFort cronkite rodeo beachSanta cruz 26thFort cronkite rodeo beachDeadmans 3
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.9

NW
2.4

NW
2.0

NW
1.7

NW
1.6

NW
0.5

SW
0.5

SW
1.0

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
2.2

WNW
2.1

NW
2.1

WNW
2.2

WNW
2.5

WNW
3.0

NW
Period(s) (?)8887714141211111110788899
Energy(?)40769043526322610210028348540868561947150553266610091550
Wind
(km/h)
25 WNW25
10 W10
15 WNW15
25 WNW25
5 SW5
15 WNW15
25 WNW25
5 W5
15 WNW15
25 WNW25
10 WNW10
20 WNW20
25 WNW25
5 WSW5
10 W10
15 WNW15
15 NW15
10 W10
Wind State(?)offcross-
on
cross-
off
offglasscross-
off
offoncross-
off
offcross-
on
cross-
on
offcross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
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on
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High Tide
/ height (m)
3:30PM
1.37
1:59AM
1.57

5:13PM
1.66
3:14AM
1.36

5:20PM
1.39
4:14AM
1.23

6:20PM
1.46

5:39AM
1.11
6:59PM
1.51

7:09AM
1.05
7:37PM
2.00

8:06AM
1.53
Low Tide
/ height (m)

8:20PM
0.82
8:54AM
-0.24

9:52PM
0.68
10:17AM
-0.08

11:07PM
0.69
10:55AM
0.04

12:19AM
1.01
11:54AM
0.17

1:13AM
0.37
12:49PM
0.29

2:16AM
0.22
1:37PM
0.83
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Summary
clearsome cloudssome cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearclearsome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearsome clouds
Rain (mm)
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High °C
171317191519211617201518221516211415
Low °C
171112191214201415191213211112201111
Chill °C (?)
161217191419211517201418221416211215
Sunrise
--5:50--5:50--5:50--5:48--5:48--5:48
Sunset
8:19--8:20--8:21--8:21--8:22--8:22--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.5

SW
2.0

NW
0.5

SW
0.5

SW
1.3

NW

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0.5

SW
1.0

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
0.4

SSW
1.9

WNW
1.8

WNW
0.5

S
2.3

WNW
2.5

WNW
Period (s)17816157-14121111111019881799
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

SW
0.5

SW
0.2

S

-
0.5

SW
0.5

SW

-
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.4

SSW

-
Period (s)141612-1514-14141313161518181416-
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.9

NW
2.4

NW
2.0

NW
1.7

NW
1.6

NW

-

-
0.8

NW

-

-
1.4

NW
1.5

NW
2.2

WNW
2.1

NW
2.1

WNW
2.2

WNW
2.5

WNW
3.0

NW
Period (s)88877--5--67788899


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.