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Capitola Jetty break guidePhoto by: Paul Morgan

Capitola Jetty Surf Guide

Capitola Jetty in Santa Cruz is a sheltered reef break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds are from the north with some shelter here from northwest winds. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. Rarely crowded here. Take care of - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Pollution.

Capitola Jetty Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
12.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Capitola Jetty:

The best conditions reported for surf at Capitola Jetty occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Capitola Jetty with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in June while 1% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 96% 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).

Explore Capitola Jetty Location Map

Interactive Capitola Jetty 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 closest passenger airport to Capitola Jetty is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 44 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Capitola Jetty is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 50 km (31 miles) away.

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Capitola Jetty Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 13:03 Local Time
Wednesday 22
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
glass off cross-

Swell History at Capitola Jetty

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

Wind History at Capitola Jetty

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

Capitola Jetty Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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DC from United States
“This a super fun longboard wave that is almost always killed by the many who do not follow the simple rules of surfing:
One surfer per wave.
Surfer closest to the shoulder has right of way!
Do not drop in.
Do not snake waves (paddle around someone to take their position).
Take a wave - Give a wave.
Do not paddle out into the break.
Do not call out Party Wave.
Never surf beyond your capabilities.”

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