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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 Surf Guide

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.

Cottons Point Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reefReef and pointIcon  s43.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
17.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cottons Point:

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

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Cottons Point 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.
clean
54%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
42%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
4%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cottons Point Location Map

Interactive Cottons Point 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 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.

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Cottons Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 14:52 Local Time
Sunday 16
2PM5PM8PM11PM
Wave (m) 1.1
SSW
1.1
SSW
1.1
SSW
1.1
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Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
SW 15
WSW 10
W 5
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Swell History at Cottons Point

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

Wind History at Cottons Point

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

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