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Cortez Bank ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 2.8

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Cortez Bank Surf Guide

Cortez Bank in San Diego County is a reef break that has quite reliable surf. Offshore winds are from the east. The ideal swell direction from the west. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Beware of rocks and sharks.

Cortez Bank Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cortez Bank:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cortez Bank occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cortez Bank 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 34% of the time in January while 65% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
34%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
65%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
1%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cortez Bank Location Map

Interactive Cortez Bank 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 Cortez Bank is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 181 km (112 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cortez Bank is Long Beach Airport (LGB), also in USA, 182 km (113 miles) away.

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Cortez Bank Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 17 January 2021, 03:38 Local Time
Sunday 17
1AM4AM7AM10AM
Wave (m) 3.0
WNW
2.5
WNW
2.5
WNW
2.5
WNW
Period (s) 16 16 15 15
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 10
ENE 5
E 5
SE
Wind State cross-
off
off off cross-
off

Swell History at Cortez Bank

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

Wind History at Cortez Bank

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

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