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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 Forecast / CAL – San Diego County / USA

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 4 am Wednesday 12 May 2021 PDT
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Cardiff Reef surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Cardiff Reef sea temperature is 18.4 °C (Statistics for 12 May 1981-2005 - mean: 16.3 max: 18.2 min: 14.8 °C)
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Cardiff Reef surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Cardiff Reef sea temperature is 18.4 °C (Statistics for 12 May 1981-2005 - mean: 16.3 max: 18.2 min: 14.8 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Cardiff Reef (calm at Leucadia 2 km from Cardiff Reef).

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Actual: 43 min ago

Calm
2 km/h
ENE
Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Cardiff Reef this week:

The surf forecast for Cardiff Reef over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Wednesday (May 12) at 8AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.0m and 16s period with a secondary swell of 0.4m and 11s. The wind is predicted to be glassy as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Cardiff Reef in the next 12 days are 1.3m 18s and forecast to arrive on Wednesday (May 19) at 5AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.0m 20s period and expected on Tuesday (May 18) at 11AM.

Wave TypeTime (PDT) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 8AM (Wed 12th May)3.5ft (1.0m) 16s
Best Surf11PM (Sat 15th May)3.5ft (1.1m) 17s
Most Powerful 5AM (Wed 19th May)4.5ft (1.3m) 18s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Cardiff Reef over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Wednesday
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
223123223213334213232234112101003223
T california.htsgw.metric.18.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.42.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.66.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.90.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.114.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.138.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.162.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.186.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.210.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.234.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.258.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.282.cc23
1
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.7
SW
0.9
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
1
SSW
0.9
SSW
1.2
SSW
1.2
SSW
1.1
SSW
1.1
SSW
1
SSW
1
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.9
SSW
1
SSW
1.1
SSW
1
SSW
1
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.5
SSW
0.5
SSW
1.3
SSW
1.2
SSW
1.2
SSW
1.1
SSW
161515191918181716161617161616151521141918171616151515141414131316161615
4872753874873574973994814645324478577516355464174114632336216707725545474023763872011982339899950758758605
15
WSW
15
W
10
NW
15
W
15
W
5
NW
15
WSW
15
W
5
S
15
SW
15
SW
10
WSW
15
SW
15
W
5
W
15
W
15
W
5
NW
15
WSW
10
WSW
15
SSE
15
SSW
15
SW
15
SSE
20
SSW
15
SW
15
SSW
20
S
20
WSW
20
W
15
W
20
W
10
WSW
20
SW
20
WSW
10
WNW
ononcross-
on
ononcross-
on
ononglasscross-
on
cross-
on
oncross-
on
ononononcross-
on
cross-
on
oncrosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
on
onononcross-
on
cross-
on
onon
10:50AM
1.57
9:53PM
2.15
11:34AM
1.50
10:20PM
2.11
12:25PM
1.43
10:49PM
2.05
1:30PM
1.37
11:22PM
1.98
3:06PM
1.35
12:01AM
1.90
5:09PM
1.41
12:57AM
1.80
5:30PM
1.50
2:18AM
1.72
5:49PM
1.61
3:53AM
1.67
6:10PM
1.75
5:16AM
1.67
6:36PM
1.92
6:26AM
1.70
7:05PM
2.10
7:28AM
1.73
7:38PM
2.28
3:40PM
1.02
5:05AM
0.33
4:04PM
1.11
5:45AM
0.37
4:26PM
1.19
6:29AM
0.43
4:45PM
1.27
7:21AM
0.49
5:04PM
1.34
8:20AM
0.53
5:57PM
1.41
9:22AM
0.54
8:46PM
1.43
10:18AM
0.53
10:42PM
1.31
11:07AM
0.53
11:52PM
1.10
11:51AM
0.53
12:45AM
0.84
12:32PM
0.56
1:34AM
0.56
1:12PM
0.62
2:21AM
0.30

Note: the tide data above is for Solana Beach which is 8 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Cardiff Reef.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Cardiff Reef blow from the E

Wednesday
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
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5:52--5:50--5:50--5:48--5:48--5:48--5:47--5:47--5:46--5:46--5:45--5:45--
-7:38--7:39--7:40--7:40--7:42--7:43--7:43--7:44--7:45--7:45--7:45--7:46-

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 18°C on Thu morning, min 14°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 16°C on Sat morning, min 14°C on Sat morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 19°C on Wed morning, min 14°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Some drizzle, heaviest during Fri night. Very mild (max 18°C on Fri afternoon, min 15°C on Fri morning). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Cardiff Reef Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Cardiff Reef provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Cardiff Reef can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Cardiff Reef surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Cardiff Reef) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Cardiff Reef may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Cardiff Reef is 3 km (2 miles) from the city of Encinitas. If you plan a vacation in San Diego County, look for hotels and other accommodation in Encinitas. Encinitas has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.