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Drakes Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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Drakes Bay Surf Guide

Drakes Bay in Marin County is a sandbar break that only works when conditions are just right. Spring and Summer provide the best conditions. Offshore winds are from the north with some shelter here from west northwest winds. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Watch out for - Sharks.

Drakes Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
9.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Drakes Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Drakes Bay 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 Drakes Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

augustBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Drakes Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 13% of the time in August while 12% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 75% 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 Drakes Bay Location Map

Interactive Drakes Bay 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 Drakes Bay is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 67 km (42 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Drakes Bay is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 71 km (44 miles) away.

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Drakes Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 1 March 2021, 23:56 Local Time
Tuesday 02
Wave (m) -
Period (s) - 16 - -
Wind (km/h) 10
ESE 10
E 10
NE 10
Wind State cross cross cross-

Swell History at Drakes Bay

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

Wind History at Drakes Bay

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

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