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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 best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for rips and pollution.

Imperial Pier (North and South) Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
16.1°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.
clean
47%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
52%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
1%
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
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 21:46 Local Time
SatSun
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 1.6
WNW
1.6
WNW
1.4
WNW
1.5
W
Period (s) 9 9 8 8
Wind (km/h) 10
WSW 5
SSW 5
SSE 5
W
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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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Wave Buoys Nearest To Imperial Pier (North and South):

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.