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Cottons Point Surf Forecast / CAL – Orange County / USA

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 10 am Thursday 11 Aug 2022 PDT
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Cottons Point surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Cottons Point sea temperature is 21.2 °C (Statistics for 11 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 19.7 max: 21.3 min: 18.3 °C)
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Cottons Point surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Cottons Point sea temperature is 21.2 °C (Statistics for 11 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 19.7 max: 21.3 min: 18.3 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Wind reports 27 km away suggest it is still onshore at Cottons Point (light winds from the SSW at Camp Pendleton Airport).

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27 km away, 1 h 34 min ago

Moderate
17 km/h
SSW
30.6
21.2
Air / Water (°C)
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Cottons Point this week:

The surf forecast for Cottons Point over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Thursday (Aug 11) at 5PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.5m and 20s period with a secondary swell of 0.6m and 9s. Another secondary swell of 0.6m and 6s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Cottons Point in the next 12 days are 0.9m 18s and forecast to arrive on Friday (Aug 12) at 11AM. Winds are predicted to be onshore at the time the swell arrives.

Wave TypeTime (PDT) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 5PM (Thu 11th Aug)1.5ft (0.5m) 20s
Best Surf 5AM (Fri 12th Aug)2ft (0.6m) 18s
Most Powerful11AM (Fri 12th Aug)3ft (0.9m) 18s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Cottons Point over the next 12 days.

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Thursday
11
Friday
12
Saturday
13
Sunday
14
Monday
15
Tuesday
16
Wednesday
17
Thursday
18
Friday
19
Saturday
20
Sunday
21
Monday
22
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
Rating
(10 max)
112333333322222111012222231201101213
Swell
Height Map
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T california.htsgw.metric.81.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.105.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.129.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.153.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.177.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.201.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.225.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.249.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.273.cc23
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.5
SSW
0.5
SSW
0.5
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.5
SSW
0.4
SSW
0.5
S
0.3
S
0.4
S
0.4
SSW
0.5
S
0.6
S
0.5
S
0.6
S
0.7
S
0.4
S
0.6
S
0.5
S
0.3
S
0.4
S
0.4
SW
0.4
SW
0.4
SSW
0.4
SSW
0.7
SSW
Period(s) (?)162018181816161515141413131313141512191818161619161715151316151616191918
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)147216190443348295397314242236173141137135139118767764101103134190175179270671579046736462148143276
Wind
(km/h)
15
W
20
WNW
5
S
10
SSW
10
W
5
SSE
10
SSW
10
SSW
10
SSE
10
SW
10
SW
5
S
10
SW
10
SW
5
SSW
10
WSW
10
SW
5
SSW
10
SW
10
WSW
5
SSE
10
SW
10
SSW
5
WSW
10
SW
5
SW
5
W
10
W
10
W
5
W
10
WSW
15
W
5
WNW
10
W
15
W
5
WSW
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
oncross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
oncross-
on
ononglassononglassononglassononcross-
on
ononglassononglasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glass
High Tide
/ height (m)
9:52AM
1.34
9:09PM
2.11
10:29AM
1.41
9:55PM
2.05
11:06AM
1.46
10:40PM
1.90
11:44AM
1.49
11:26PM
1.69
12:22PM
1.50
12:15AM
1.44
1:03PM
1.49
1:13AM
1.19
1:48PM
1.47
2:35AM
0.98
2:41PM
1.44
4:57AM
0.89
3:46PM
1.43
7:15AM
0.96
4:57PM
1.45
8:03AM
1.05
5:59PM
1.51
8:30AM
1.12
6:48PM
1.59
Low Tide
/ height (m)
2:58PM
0.48
4:13AM
-0.41
3:47PM
0.41
4:51AM
-0.33
4:36PM
0.37
5:28AM
-0.19
5:27PM
0.37
6:04AM
0.00
6:22PM
0.40
6:39AM
0.22
7:25PM
0.44
7:14AM
0.43
8:45PM
0.46
7:53AM
0.63
10:24PM
0.42
8:49AM
0.80
11:57PM
0.32
10:24AM
0.89
12:59AM
0.20
11:52AM
0.89
1:41AM
0.10
12:49PM
0.84
2:14AM
0.02

Note: the tide data above is for San Clemente, California which is 4 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Cottons Point.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Cottons Point blow from the NE

Thursday
11
Friday
12
Saturday
13
Sunday
14
Monday
15
Tuesday
16
Wednesday
17
Thursday
18
Friday
19
Saturday
20
Sunday
21
Monday
22
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Rain (mm)
----------------------44-751-------1
Temp. °C252523252523252523262624262623252522252523252422242423252524252524252523
Low °C232522242523242523242523242522232522232422232422222323242523242523242522
Feels °C (?)252324252524262525272626272625262524262625272524262626272626272626262523
Sunrise6:09--6:09--6:11--6:11--6:11--6:13--6:13--6:13--6:15--6:16--6:16--6:16--
Sunset-7:39--7:38--7:37--7:37--7:36--7:35--7:34--7:32--7:30--7:30--7:29--7:28-

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 25°C on Thu morning, min 22°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Warm (max 26°C on Sun morning, min 22°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 20mm), heaviest during Fri afternoon. Warm (max 25°C on Wed morning, min 22°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 3mm), mostly falling on Sat morning. Warm (max 25°C on Sat morning, min 22°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Cottons Point Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Cottons Point provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Cottons Point can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Cottons Point surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Cottons Point) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Cottons Point may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Cottons Point is 5 km (3 miles) from San Clemente. If you plan a vacation in Orange County, look for hotels and other accommodation in San Clemente. San Clemente has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.