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Japs Cove Surf Guide

Japs Cove in Los Angeles County is a reef break that only works when conditions are just right. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the north northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of urchins, rocks and locals.

Japs Cove Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
20.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Japs Cove:

The best conditions reported for surf at Japs Cove occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Japs Cove with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in August while 55% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 7% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
38%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
55%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
7%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Japs Cove Location Map

Interactive Japs Cove 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 Japs Cove is Long Beach Airport (LGB) in USA, 20 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Japs Cove is Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA, 22 km (14 miles) away.

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Japs Cove Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 17:35 Local Time
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8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m)
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
5
5
10
5
Wind State on cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Japs Cove

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

Wind History at Japs Cove

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

Japs Cove Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 2 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.5
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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andy kustiewicz from United States
“Wow! Should have listened to the review about Royal Palms. Surfing this spot got me beat-up and my car windows all smashed. San Pedro has the most aggressive locals I've ever encountered. This coming from someone who has surfed just about every spot on the Cali coast. "Peeeedro" just ain't worth the trouble.”

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