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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.

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San Mateo Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in San Mateo
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.5

WNW
2.2

NW
3.0

NW
3.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.2

NW
2.1

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.0

W
2.1

WNW
1.3

W
1.4

W
4.0

W
5.5

WNW
5.0

WNW
4.5

WNW
Period(s) (?)111314171615161614141513132320191817
Energy(?)54617103243438033602423226220963894274818541452572212913216205271762211808
Wind
(km/h)
5 NNE5
15 NNW15
10 NE10
10 ENE10
5 SSE5
5 E5
10 SSE10
15 SSW15
5 ESE5
5 ESE5
5 SW5
5 ESE5
20 SSE20
30 SSE30
25 SSW25
10 WNW10
20 NW20
5 N5
Wind State(?)offcross-
off
offcross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
on
onglassglassoncross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
12:28PM
1.40

3:39AM
1.29

1:17PM
1.28

4:14AM
1.32
2:18PM
1.16

4:48AM
1.37
3:33PM
1.05

5:21AM
1.44
5:04PM
0.99

5:56AM
1.53
6:37PM
1.00

Low Tide
/ height (m)


7:39PM
0.12
8:54AM
1.04

8:24PM
0.22
10:13AM
0.94

9:14PM
0.31
11:18AM
0.80

10:07PM
0.40
12:08PM
0.62

11:00PM
0.49
12:50PM
0.42

11:51PM
0.58
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partially cloudy
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
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Low °C
131313151615151312141413151513131310
Chill °C (?)
161513202015141313171614141312131111
Sunrise
7:11--7:11--7:13--7:13--7:18--7:15--
Sunset
-4:51--4:52--4:52--4:52--4:52--4:53-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.5

WNW
2.2

NW
3.0

NW
3.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.2

NW
2.1

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.0

W
2.1

WNW
1.3

W
1.9

W
4.0

W
5.5

WNW
5.0

WNW
4.5

WNW
Period (s)111314171615161614141513131520191817
Swell2 (m) & direction
1.3

WNW
0.4

NW
0.3

S
0.3

SSW
0.4

S
0.4

S
0.4

SSW
0.4

S
0.4

S
1.1

W
1.8

NW
0.4

S
0.4

WNW
1.4

W
2.4

SW
0.3

S
0.2

S
0.2

SSW
Period (s)7201616151414141316131216239121818
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-

-

-

-
0.9

S
0.8

S

-

-

-

-
0.6

S
1.7

SSW

-

-

-

-
Period (s)------44----56----


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.