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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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Rating2
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.7

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.1

NW
1.2

NW
1.3

WNW
1.2

NW
1.4

NW
1.2

NW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
0.5

SW
1.0

NW
0.7

SSW
Period(s) (?)1414813888899101099920918
Energy(?)10774646476106140206270253327264194216190190162280
Wind
(km/h)
5 WSW5
5 WSW5
10 W10
5 WSW5
10 W10
10 WSW10
5 NW5
10 WSW10
10 WSW10
0 WNW0
5 WSW5
10 WSW10
0 SW0
10 SW10
10 SW10
5 SW5
10 SW10
10 WSW10
Wind State(?)cross-
on
oncross-
on
oncross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
onglassononglassononglassoncross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
12:52AM
1.73

3:38PM
1.81
2:50AM
1.84

4:26PM
1.84
2:53AM
1.35

4:21PM
1.57

5:08AM
1.47
5:10PM
1.60

5:47AM
1.04
5:58PM
1.63

7:35AM
1.04
6:46PM
1.65
Low Tide
/ height (m)

7:34AM
-0.28

8:59PM
0.64
9:22AM
-0.12

9:16PM
0.60
9:14AM
0.10

11:20PM
0.51
11:07AM
0.28

11:50PM
0.39
11:11AM
0.49

1:07AM
0.66
12:14PM
0.64

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Summary
clearsome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
151723172427212424202527232424202326
Low °C
121222141926182023192026212123181925
Chill °C (?)
141723172427212424202527232424202326
Sunrise
-6:01--6:01--6:01--6:03--6:03--6:05-
Sunset
--8:25--8:24--8:24--8:23--8:23--8:22
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

S
0.5

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.1

NW
1.2

NW
1.3

WNW
1.2

NW
1.4

NW
1.2

NW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
0.9

NW
1.0

NW
1.0

NW
Period (s)141412888889910109999910
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.5

W
0.4

WNW
0.4

SW
0.4

SSW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.5

SW
0.4

SW
0.5

SW
0.4

SSW
0.7

SSW
Period (s)9914131111101013131717171616201918
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-
0.7

WNW

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
Period (s)--8---------------


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.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.