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Huntington Beach break guidePhoto by: Ron Keith

Huntington Beach Surf Guide

Huntington Beach in Orange County is a sheltered beach break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Beware of rips, locals and pollution.

Huntington Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
16.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Huntington Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Huntington Beach occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Huntington 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 0% of the time in January while 4% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 96% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
0%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
4%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
96%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Huntington Beach Location Map

Interactive Huntington 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 Huntington Beach is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA, 13 km (8 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Huntington Beach is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK), also in USA, 17 km (11 miles) away.

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Huntington Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 28 November 2021, 00:31 Local Time
Sunday 28
1AM4AM7AM10AM
Wave (m)
0.5
W
0.4
WNW
0.4
WNW
0.5
W
Period (s) 14 13 13 14
Wind (km/h)
5
0
5
5
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Swell History at Huntington Beach

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

Wind History at Huntington Beach

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

Huntington Beach Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 17 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.8
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.1
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.4
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s43.9
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.9
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jj Baker from United States
“Very crowded during the summer months. For the most part the waves are not constantly great waves. But when their good their great! Difficulty some day's the break pretty fast! Consistency every day is different. I'm a local Haole born here.”

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