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El Carmel Point Surf Guide

El Carmel Point in San Diego County is a beach break that is often working. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. The location means that it never gets crowded. Beware of - Rips / undertow.

El Carmel Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
21.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Carmel Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Carmel Point occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing El Carmel 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 52% of the time in January while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 15% 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 El Carmel Point Location Map

Interactive El Carmel 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 El Carmel Point is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN) in USA, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Carmel Point is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY), also in USA, 9 km (6 miles) away.

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El Carmel Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 25 September 2022, 19:32 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 17 17 17 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at El Carmel Point

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

Wind History at El Carmel Point

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

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