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Manresa State Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.5
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.3

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Manresa State Beach Surf Guide

Manresa State Beach in Santa Cruz is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Manresa State Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
12.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Manresa State Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Manresa State Beach occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Manresa State 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 59% of the time in January while 40% 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
59%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
40%
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 Manresa State Beach Location Map

Interactive Manresa State 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 Manresa State Beach is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 48 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Manresa State Beach is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 56 km (35 miles) away.

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Manresa State Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 15:10 Local Time
Sunday 11
2PM5PM8PM11PM
Wave (m) 1.7
WNW
1.6
WNW
1.6
WNW
1.6
WNW
Period (s) 10 10 11 11
Wind (km/h) 10
SW 10
SW 5
S 5
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Swell History at Manresa State Beach

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

Wind History at Manresa State Beach

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Manresa State Beach:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.