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Emma Wood State Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 1.7

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Emma Wood State Beach Surf Guide

Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Left and better right hand reef breaks.. Best around mid tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Take care of rocks in the line up.

Emma Wood State Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Emma Wood State Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Emma Wood State Beach occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Emma Wood State Beach 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 7% of the time in January while 11% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 82% 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 Emma Wood State 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 Emma Wood State Beach is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD) in USA, 25 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Emma Wood State Beach is Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR), also in USA, 88 km (55 miles) away.

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Emma Wood State Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 17 January 2021, 08:43 Local Time
Sunday 17
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 15 14 14 24
Wind (km/h) 5
ENE 10
E 10
Wind State off cross-
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Swell History at Emma Wood State Beach

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

Wind History at Emma Wood State Beach

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

Emma Wood State Beach Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s21.7
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s21.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s11.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.0
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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dan from United States
“Emma Wood state beach is a very tide sensitive break you might arrive to see small sets coming in and a half hour later it is going off for an hour or longer then back to small sets but when it goes off it can be a heavy and fast hollow wave. It serves up a nice nw swell a sw, and wnw it also delivers some gnarly wind swell when it is firing.”

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