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Imperial Pier (North and South) break guidePhoto by: Amanda Barnett Rimmer

Imperial Pier (North and South) Surf Guide

Imperial Pier (North and South) in San Diego County is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for rips and pollution.

Imperial Pier (North and South) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Imperial Pier (North and South):

The best conditions reported for surf at Imperial Pier (North and South) occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Imperial Pier (North and South) (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Imperial Pier (North and South) 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 47% of the time in January while 52% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% 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 Imperial Pier (North and South) Location Map

Interactive Imperial Pier (North and South) 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 Imperial Pier (North and South) is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Imperial Pier (North and South) is General Abelardo L Rodriguez International (Tijuana) Airport (TIJ) in Mexico, 16 km (10 miles) away.

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Imperial Pier (North and South) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 1 December 2022, 14:29 Local Time
Thursday 01
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 16 12
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Swell History at Imperial Pier (North and South)

Surf stats for Imperial Pier (North and South), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Imperial Pier (North and South)

Wind stats for Imperial Pier (North and South), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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