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Church Surf Guide

Church in San Diego County is an exposed beach and point break that is usually a safe bet. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Best around low tide. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Church Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
17.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Church:

The best conditions reported for surf at Church 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 Church (for consistent clean waves)?

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Church with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 54% of the time in October while 42% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 4% 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 Church Location Map

Interactive Church 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 Church is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK) in USA, 43 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Church is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA), also in USA, 43 km (27 miles) away.

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Church Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 9 June 2023, 21:08 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Church

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

Wind History at Church

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

Church Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 3 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.7
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Goose from United States
“For some unknown reason, still not overblown with the typical OC or SD crowd. All skill levels are in the lineup, mostly longboarders but usually a few shortboarders and SUP. Apart from the rock dance getting in and out - just a fun moderate break. Almost all rights, but an easy wave to go backside on. Have been out in all conditions, and its almost always rideable. Church held the recent Summer '11 double overhead swells just fine - I'm intermediate and rode some macking waves that probably would have crunched me elsewhere.

Ok a good review of my favourite spot is probably not helping my cause - actually Church sucks and you should probably quit surfing!”

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