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Lighthouse ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Lighthouse Surf Guide

Lighthouse/Cadis in San Luis Obispo is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for rips, rocks and sharks.

Lighthouse Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
10.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Lighthouse:

The best conditions reported for surf at Lighthouse occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Lighthouse 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 39% of the time in January while 60% 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
39%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
60%
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 Lighthouse Location Map

Interactive Lighthouse 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 Lighthouse is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 123 km (76 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Lighthouse is Lemoore Nas Airport (NLC), also in USA, 141 km (88 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Lighthouse Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 16 April 2021, 00:20 Local Time
Friday 16
2AM5AM8AM11AM
Wave (m) 0.7
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SW
Period (s) 17 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 10
NNW 10
NNW 15
WNW
Wind State cross cross cross cross-
on

Swell History at Lighthouse

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

Wind History at Lighthouse

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

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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    14km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    14km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    17km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Lighthouse: