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Cape Mendocino Surf Guide

Cape Mendocino in Humboldt is an exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for sharks, rips and rocks.

Cape Mendocino Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cape Mendocino:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cape Mendocino occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Cape Mendocino (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cape Mendocino with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 12% of the time in January while 28% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 60% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Cape Mendocino surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Cape Mendocino is Chico Muni Airport (CIC) in USA, which is 227 km (141 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Cape Mendocino is Beale Afb (Marysville) Airport (BAB), also in USA, 291 km (181 miles) away.

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Cape Mendocino Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 22:13 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Cape Mendocino

Surf stats for Cape Mendocino, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Cape Mendocino

Wind stats for Cape Mendocino, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Cape Mendocino Reviews:

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lostcoast lou from United States
“Good luck, this place is wild, gnarly rips,big surf and if ya get lucky and score when the wind isnt howling and get the balls to paddle out u better make it quick cause mr.white is always lookin for a snack out there, thats his home. And he's always there....”

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