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Mavericks break guidePhoto by: Jennifer Hernandez

Mavericks Surf Guide

Mavericks in San Mateo is an exposed reef break that has consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. Primarily a right hand reef break, although a left is also possible.. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

Mavericks Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
11.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mavericks:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mavericks 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 49% of the time in January while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
49%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
48%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
3%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Mavericks Location Map

Interactive Mavericks 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 Mavericks is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 18 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mavericks is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 35 km (22 miles) away.

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Mavericks Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 04:06 Local Time
Tuesday 17
2AM5AM8AM11AM
Wave (m)
2.5
WNW
2.4
WNW
2.3
WNW
2.3
WNW
Period (s) 8 8 9 9
Wind (km/h)
30
25
20
20
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Mavericks

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

Wind History at Mavericks

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

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