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Drakes Estero ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.0

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Drakes Estero Surf Guide

Drakes Estero in SF Marin is an exposed beach/Deltamouth break that has pretty consitent surf. Spring and Summer provide the favoured conditions. Offshore winds blow from the north with some shelter here from north winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Take care of sharks, rips and rocks.

Drakes Estero Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Drakes Estero:

The best conditions reported for surf at Drakes Estero occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Drakes Estero with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 28% of the time in February while 21% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 51% 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 Drakes Estero 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 Estero is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 68 km (42 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Drakes Estero is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 72 km (45 miles) away.

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Drakes Estero Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 14:52 Local Time
Thursday 25
Wave (m) 1.8
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
WNW 20
NW 30
NW 30
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Drakes Estero

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

Wind History at Drakes Estero

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

Drakes Estero Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s22.0
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Robert Cardgood from United States
“Visited this spot five times over the past year and can assure you it’s not worth the mile plus hike from the trail head. The waves are relatively inconsistent and mostly close out. On top of that there are dangerous currents which suck you down and out the bay. This wouldn’t be as big a concern if it weren’t for how remote this spot is. Beyond the currents and poor waves the icing on the cake is the territorial sea lions which breed on this beach. Twice I’ve had them charge me and had to flee the water. There’s much better bang for your buck elsewhere.”

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