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Cowells Cove ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.5

Overall: 3.0

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Cowells Cove Surf Guide

Cowells Cove in Santa Cruz is a sheltered point break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's often crowded here. Beware of sharks, rips and rocks.

Cowells Cove Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cowells Cove:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cowells Cove occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cowells Cove 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 0% of the time in January while 1% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 99% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
0%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
1%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
99%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cowells Cove Location Map

Interactive Cowells Cove 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 Cowells Cove is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cowells Cove is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 51 km (32 miles) away.

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Cowells Cove Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 14:41 Local Time
Sunday 16
2PM5PM8PM11PM
Wave (m) 1.0
SSW
1.0
SSW
1.0
SSW
0.9
SSW
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
SSW 10
SW 10
WSW 5
W
Wind State cross cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Cowells Cove

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

Wind History at Cowells Cove

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

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