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Huntington Cliffs break guidePhoto by: Paula Doss

Huntington Cliffs Surf Guide

Huntington Cliffs in Orange County is a sheltered beach break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Often Crowded. Hazards include rips, locals and pollution.

Huntington Cliffs Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Huntington Cliffs:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Huntington Cliffs 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.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Huntington Cliffs Location Map

Interactive Huntington Cliffs 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 Cliffs is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Huntington Cliffs is Long Beach Airport (LGB), also in USA, 18 km (11 miles) away.

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Huntington Cliffs Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 June 2022, 04:02 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Huntington Cliffs

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

Wind History at Huntington Cliffs

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

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