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Malibu ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 2.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 1.0

Overall: 3.2

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Surf Report Feed
Malibu break guidePhoto by: Mike Stevens

Malibu Surf Guide

Malibu in LA County is an exposed point break that is usually a safe bet. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Watch out for crowds,pollution and rocks.

Malibu Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon point  redPointIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
15.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Malibu:

The best conditions reported for surf at Malibu occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Malibu with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 60% of the time in November while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
60%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
31%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
9%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Malibu 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 Malibu is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in USA, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Malibu is Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA, 34 km (21 miles) away.

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Malibu Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 3 December 2020, 01:44 Local Time
Thursday 03
1AM4AM7AM10AM
Wave (m) 0.3
WNW
0.4
WNW
0.5
W
0.6
WNW
Period (s) 24 23 22 22
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 20
N 15
N 15
NNE
Wind State off off off off

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Swell History at Malibu

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

Wind History at Malibu

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

Malibu Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 5 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.2
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.2
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.6
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.6
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s32.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s11.0
  • ...

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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Ed from United States
“Best tide/surf/weather site I've found”

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