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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
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Rating2
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.2

WNW
0.9

NW
0.8

WNW
0.5

SSW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.5

NW
1.5

NW
1.4

NW
1.4

WNW
1.5

NW
1.3

NW
1.4

NW
Period(s) (?)887121211101111111010899888
Energy(?)18888707912113817313313399125468291309286304216244
Wind
(km/h)
5 WSW5
10 WSW10
10 WSW10
10 SW10
10 WSW10
10 WSW10
5 NW5
10 W10
15 W15
5 WNW5
10 W10
15 W15
5 WNW5
5 WSW5
10 WSW10
5 W5
10 WSW10
15 WSW15
Wind State(?)glassononononcross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
on
High Tide
/ height (m)

9:46AM
1.26
7:45PM
1.58

10:26AM
1.31

8:32PM
2.01
10:57AM
1.32

9:11PM
1.61
11:57AM
1.59

9:49PM
1.61
11:46AM
1.31

10:29PM
2.06
12:06PM
1.32

Low Tide
/ height (m)
2:15AM
0.13

2:03PM
0.88
2:59AM
0.07

2:50PM
0.86
3:46AM
0.37

3:12PM
1.13
4:10AM
-0.01

4:07PM
0.77
4:40AM
-0.02

4:30PM
1.03

5:08AM
0.00
5:10PM
0.66
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
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partially cloudy
clear
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clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
141718141821161819161821151619141618
Low °C
131318131320131319131320121218131317
Chill °C (?)
141718131821161819161821151619141618
Sunrise
-6:30--6:31--6:31--6:31--6:33--6:33-
Sunset
--7:51--7:49--7:47--7:45--7:45--7:43
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.2

WNW
0.9

NW
0.8

WNW
0.5

SSW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.4

NW
0.3

S
1.3

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.9

WNW
Period (s)8871212111011111110108914888
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.5

S
0.5

S
0.4

SSW
0.5

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.4

WNW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.7

NW
0.3

S
0.2

S
0.3

S
0.3

SW
0.3

WNW
Period (s)131310771014131171512101411141512
Wind waves (m) & direction
-

-

-

-

-
0.5

WNW

-

-

-

-
0.9

NW
1.5

NW
1.5

NW

-
1.4

WNW
1.5

NW
1.3

NW
1.4

NW
Period (s)-----7----4108-9888


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.