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Montara ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Montara break guidePhoto by: William Frankeberger

Montara Surf Guide

Montara in San Mateo is an exposed beach break that has reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for rips and sharks.

Montara Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon sandbar  redSandbarIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
12.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Montara:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Montara with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 44% of the time in December while 54% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
44%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
54%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
2%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Montara Location Map

Interactive Montara 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 Montara is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Montara is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 33 km (20 miles) away.

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Montara Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 20:35 Local Time
WedThu
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 1.8
WNW
1.8
WNW
1.7
WNW
1.7
WNW
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
W 10
SSW 10
SSW 10
SSW
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Montara

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

Wind History at Montara

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

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