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Dana Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.4
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.8
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.8

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Dana Point break guide

Dana Point Surf Guide

Dana Point in Orange County is a beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the east northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for rips, rocks, man-made danger (buoys etc..) and pollution.

Dana Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Dana Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Dana Point occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Dana Point 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 55% of the time in January while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 13% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Dana 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 Dana Point is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA, 28 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Dana Point is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK), also in USA, 29 km (18 miles) away.

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Dana Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 08:25 Local Time
Friday 26
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 5
SSW 10
WSW 10
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Swell History at Dana Point

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

Wind History at Dana Point

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

Dana Point Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.8
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.4
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s32.8
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.8
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Andrew from United States
“DOHO is a break that attracts mostly long board surfers of all abilities, experience, and ages. The three breaks (bone yards, second spot and rivermouth) can get crowded on weekends.

When the surf is up the outer reef beyond second spot can be the start of loooong rides either right or left.

Unless it is really small the (almost machine like) groomed waves allow for tricks and follies that other places can't.”

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