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Garbage ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.6

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Garbage Surf Guide

Garbage in San Diego County is a reef break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. Sometimes crowded. Beware of - Rocks - Localism - Sharks.

Garbage Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
14.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Garbage:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Garbage 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 50% of the time in January while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
50%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
40%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
10%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Garbage Location Map

Interactive Garbage 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 Garbage is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Garbage is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 6 km (4 miles) away.

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Garbage Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 16:01 Local Time
Saturday 06
1PM4PM7PM10PM
Wave (m) 0.7
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
Period (s) 16 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 20
WNW 15
WNW 15
WNW 10
WNW
Wind State on cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Garbage

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

Wind History at Garbage

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

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