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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
Santa cruz 41st privatesSanta cruz 26thSteamer lane the pointSteamer lane the pointSteamer lane the pointFour mileSanta cruz 41st privatesSteamer lane the pointSteamer lane the pointSanta cruz 26thMoss landingSanta cruz 26thSteamer lane middle peakSteamer lane the pointSteamer lane the pointSanta cruz 26thSalinas river state beachMoss landing
Rating2
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.4

WNW
3.5

NW
2.4

NW
1.9

NW
1.2

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.0

WNW
3.0

NW
3.0

NW
3.0

NW
2.5

NW
2.4

NW
2.3

NW
Period(s) (?)2091010161515151514141371211111013
Energy(?)1621693109266568863661948551950837833685926652218145610261626
Wind
(km/h)
25 WNW25
15 NW15
15 N15
20 NW20
5 ENE5
20 NW20
20 NW20
10 N10
5 N5
15 WNW15
5 WNW5
15 WNW15
30 NW30
20 NNW20
15 NNW15
15 NW15
0 ESE0
10 WNW10
Wind State(?)offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
off
offcross-
off
glasscross-
off
glasscross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glasson
High Tide
/ height (m)

3:33AM
1.96

5:51PM
1.03

4:29AM
1.65

7:23PM
1.13
5:36AM
1.70

8:19PM
1.24
6:41AM
1.76

9:04PM
1.34
7:42AM
1.81

9:43PM
1.41
8:33AM
2.30
Low Tide
/ height (m)

8:48PM
1.04
10:34AM
0.20

9:56PM
0.84
11:46AM
0.05

11:28PM
0.87
12:49PM
-0.09

12:40AM
0.83

1:44PM
-0.22
1:40AM
0.73

2:46PM
0.11
2:33AM
0.60

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Summary
rain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearsome clouds
Rain (mm)
1----------62-----
High °C
108101171112812138111091213912
Low °C
9488591059971096910711
Chill °C (?)
758958105101289761012911
Sunrise
--6:46--6:45--6:43--6:41--6:41--6:37
Sunset
5:54--5:55--5:57--5:58--5:59--6:00--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.4

WNW
0.8

WNW
2.4

NW
1.1

WNW
1.6

NW
1.2

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.5

NW
1.1

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.0

WNW

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1.1

NW
2.5

NW
1.2

NW
1.9

WNW
1.3

WNW
Period (s)201910169151515814613-15121498
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

S
0.3

S
1.1

WNW
0.3

S
1.2

WNW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.2

S
1.1

WNW

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1.0

WNW

-

-
0.3

S
1.1

NW
0.3

S
1.0

NW
1.0

NW
Period (s)171617151614141415-14--1414131313
Wind waves (m) & direction
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3.5

NW

-
1.9

NW

-
1.6

NW

-
1.8

NW

-
1.5

NW
1.5

NW

-
3.0

NW
3.0

NW
3.0

NW
2.5

NW
2.4

NW
2.3

NW
Period (s)-9-10-8-7-76-71211111013


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.