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Gray Whale Cove ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Gray Whale Cove Surf Guide

Gray Whale Cove in San Mateo is a beach break that is usually a safe bet and works all around the year. Offshore winds are from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of rips and sharks.

Gray Whale Cove Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
11.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Gray Whale Cove:

The best conditions reported for surf at Gray Whale Cove 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 Gray Whale Cove (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Gray Whale Cove 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 48% 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
50%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
48%
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 Gray Whale Cove Location Map

Interactive Gray Whale Cove 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 Gray Whale Cove is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 14 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Gray Whale Cove is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 31 km (19 miles) away.

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Gray Whale Cove Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 20:02 Local Time
WedThu
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 0.7
W
0.7
W
0.7
W
1.1
WNW
Period (s) 13 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 10
WSW 10
W 10
WNW
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Swell History at Gray Whale Cove

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

Wind History at Gray Whale Cove

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Gray Whale Cove. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.5
    Reliability: consistent
    5km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: consistent
    8km away

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