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4 Mile Surf Guide

4 Mile in Santa Cruz is an exposed point break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It's often crowded here. Beware of locals and sharks.

4 Mile Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing 4 Mile:

The best conditions reported for surf at 4 Mile occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf 4 Mile (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing 4 Mile 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 51% of the time in January while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
51%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
47%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
2%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore 4 Mile Location Map

Interactive 4 Mile 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 4 Mile is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to 4 Mile is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 49 km (30 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
4 Mile Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 4 December 2021, 20:40 Local Time
SatSun
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m)
1
WNW
1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
10
10
10
5
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at 4 Mile

Surf stats for 4 Mile, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at 4 Mile

Wind stats for 4 Mile, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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Wave Buoys Nearest To 4 Mile: