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Cardiff Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.3

Overall: 3.2

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Cardiff Reef Surf Guide

Cardiff Reef in San Diego County is an exposed reef break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest. Both left (best) and right reef breaks.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for crowds and rocks.

Cardiff Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
19.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cardiff Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cardiff Reef occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cardiff Reef 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 47% of the time in January while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 22% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
47%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
31%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
22%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cardiff Reef Location Map

Interactive Cardiff Reef 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 Cardiff Reef is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 26 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cardiff Reef is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 38 km (24 miles) away.

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Cardiff Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 September 2021, 18:45 Local Time
SunMon
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m)
0.8
SSW
1
SSW
1
SSW
1
SSW
Period (s) 15 15 16 16
Wind (km/h)
10
5
5
5
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
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Swell History at Cardiff Reef

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

Wind History at Cardiff Reef

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Cardiff Reef. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    2km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Cardiff Reef: