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Manchester Beach Surf Guide

Manchester Beach/Alder Creek in Mendocino County is a quite exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the southeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Beware of sharks, rips, rocks and locals.

Manchester Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
11.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Manchester Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Manchester Beach 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 21% of the time in January while 12% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 67% 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 Manchester Beach Location Map

Interactive Manchester Beach 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 Manchester Beach is Travis Afb (Fairfield) Airport (SUU) in USA, 175 km (109 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Manchester Beach is Chico Muni Airport (CIC), also in USA, 183 km (114 miles) away.

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Manchester Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 January 2023, 07:51 Local Time
Friday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 18 17 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass on on cross-

Swell History at Manchester Beach

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

Wind History at Manchester Beach

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Manchester Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

Wave Buoys Nearest To Manchester Beach: