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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 has very consistent surf and works all around the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. Waves at the beach are both 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. Beware of rips and sharks.

Gray Whale Cove Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
very consistent14.1°C

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:

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Gray Whale Cove sea temperature, Gray Whale Cove photographs, Gray Whale Cove detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Gray Whale Cove webcams, current wind from CAL - San Mateo live weather stations and Gray Whale Cove tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Gray Whale Cove

Gray Whale Cove Surf:

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 14:25 Local time
Wednesday 27
Wave (m) 1.5
Period (s) 8 17 8 8
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 20
NW 15
NW 10
Wind State cross-

Tide Times:

For Pacifica, 6 km from Gray Whale Cove.

IS AT (local time)

Gray Whale Cove Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Montara, 3 km from Gray Whale Cove.


Air temperature
21 °C

Current weather near Gray Whale Cove

Buoy Data:

At San Francisco Bar, 17 miles from Gray Whale Cove.

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Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) -

All wavebuoys around Gray Whale Cove

Overall Gray Whale Cove Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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Surf stats for Gray Whale Cove: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Gray Whale Cove: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Gray Whale Cove Location Maps

Gray Whale Cove Location Map

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Wave buoys nearest to Gray Whale Cove:

Tide stations nearest to Gray Whale Cove:

  • Closest tide station
    4 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Half Moon Bay
    4 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    8 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Daly City
    9 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Seaplane Harbor, San Francisco Bay
    9 mi


  • 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.
  • Third is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ) in USA, 44 km (27 miles) away.
  • Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA is 56 km (35 miles) away.
  • Travis Afb (Fairfield) Airport (SUU), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Gray Whale Cove and is 93 km (58 miles) away.
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