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Cottons Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.6

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Cottons Point Spot ID

Katie backside at Cottons Pt., Cottons Point photo

Cottons Point

Photo credit: Dr.Doug

Type: reef and point

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.7 °C

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 12:56 Local time
Tuesday 07
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 18 18 18 18
Wind (km/h) 5
N 10
WNW 15
WNW 10
Wind State cross-
cross cross

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Cottons Point in San Diego County is an exposed reef and point break that has dependable surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest.The break here is a left hand point. Best around mid tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Rocks are a hazard.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For San Clemente, California, 4 km from Cottons Point.

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Cottons Point Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At San Clemente, 2 km from Cottons Point.


Air temperature
13 °C

Current weather near Cottons Point

Overall Cottons Point Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April


Surf stats for Cottons Point: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Cottons Point: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Cottons Point Location Maps

Cottons Point Location Map

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Wave buoys nearest to Cottons Point:

Tide stations nearest to Cottons Point:

  • Closest tide station
    San Clemente
    2 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Dana Point
    8 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Laguna Niguel
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Laguna Beach
    15 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    18 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Cottons Point is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK) in USA, 41 km (25 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cottons Point is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA), also in USA, 41 km (25 miles) away.
  • Third is March Arb (Riverside) Airport (RIV) in USA, 64 km (40 miles) away.
  • Riverside Muni Airport (RAL) in USA is 65 km (40 miles) away.
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Cottons Point and is 70 km (43 miles) away.
Cottons Point break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cottons Point, CAL - Orange County. Use the tab navigation above to view Cottons Point sea temperature, Cottons Point photographs, Cottons Point detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cottons Point webcams, current wind from CAL - Orange County live weather stations and Cottons Point tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Cottons Point.