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La Jolla Cove Surf Guide

La Jolla Cove in San Diego County is a reasonably exposed reef and point break that usually has waves. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. A left hand reef break and in addition, there is also a left hand point break. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rips and locals.

La Jolla Cove Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
22.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing La Jolla Cove:

The best conditions reported for surf at La Jolla Cove occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing La Jolla Cove 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 9% of the time in January while 10% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 81% 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 La Jolla Cove Location Map

Interactive La Jolla 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 La Jolla Cove is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 12 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to La Jolla Cove is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 15 km (9 miles) away.

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La Jolla Cove Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 3 October 2022, 14:30 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 5 5 5
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at La Jolla Cove

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

Wind History at La Jolla Cove

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

La Jolla Cove Reviews:

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Based on 6 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.2
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s11.3
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s32.6
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Snorklegirl from United States
“For snorkling, scuba, light surfing, and a great view... you definitely want La Jolla cove.

While parking can be tough to come by, it's worth the trek to get down to the small but beautiful beach area. There are also tide pools, a variety of sea life, and always good people watching.

Although at times it can be crowded for snorkling or surfing, once you get out in the water and see the seaweed beds and kelp reef just off the cove, you'll get a good look at why this area is a wildlife preservation zone.

Thanks to whomever put this website together, it's really comprehensive!

Lets all hope for a hot summer and warm water :)”

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