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Doheney Beach break guidePhoto by: Darren Lott

Doheney Beach Surf Guide

Doheney Beach in Orange County is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the north. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. A right hand reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Watch out for rocks and pollution.

Doheney Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Doheney Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Doheney Beach occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

septemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Doheney Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 56% of the time in September while 41% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% 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).

Explore Doheney Beach Location Map

Interactive Doheney Beach 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 Doheney Beach is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Doheney Beach is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK), also in USA, 30 km (19 miles) away.

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Doheney Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 3 December 2022, 07:01 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Doheney Beach

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

Wind History at Doheney Beach

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

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