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Cayucos Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.7
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.6

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Cayucos Pier break guidePhoto by: Bob Hand

Cayucos Pier Surf Guide

Cayucos Pier in San Luis Obispo is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Beware of rips and sharks.

Cayucos Pier Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon sandbar  redSandbarIcon  s32.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
11.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cayucos Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cayucos Pier occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Cayucos Pier with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 8% of the time in February while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 76% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
8%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
16%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
76%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cayucos Pier Location Map

Interactive Cayucos Pier 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 Cayucos Pier is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 86 km (53 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cayucos Pier is Lemoore Nas Airport (NLC), also in USA, 131 km (81 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Cayucos Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 12:37 Local Time
Saturday 10
8AM11AM2PM5PM
Wave (m) 2.4
NW
2.2
WNW
2.3
WNW
2.2
WNW
Period (s) 8 8 8 9
Wind (km/h) 10
N 15
NW 20
NW 20
NW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross cross

What does Cayucos Pier look like?

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Swell History at Cayucos Pier

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

Wind History at Cayucos Pier

Wind stats for Cayucos Pier, 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 Cayucos Pier. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s22.1
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    0km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: very consistent
    9km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
    16km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Cayucos Pier:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.