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Mitchell's Cove ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.0

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Mitchell's Cove break guidePhoto by: James Griffith

Mitchell's Cove Surf Guide

Mitchell's Cove in Santa Cruz is a sheltered reef and point break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Often Crowded. Hazards include rips, rocks and locals.

Mitchell's Cove Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon  reefReef and pointIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mitchell's Cove:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mitchell's Cove occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mitchell's Cove 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 31% of the time in January while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 30% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
31%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
39%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
30%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Mitchell's Cove Location Map

Interactive Mitchell's Cove 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 Mitchell's Cove is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mitchell's Cove is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 52 km (32 miles) away.

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Mitchell's Cove Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 26 October 2020, 23:23 Local Time
MonTue
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
Period (s) 15 15 14 14
Wind (km/h) 5
N 5
ENE 5
ENE 5
NE
Wind State cross-
off
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Swell History at Mitchell's Cove

Surf stats for Mitchell's Cove, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Mitchell's Cove

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

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