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Morro Rock break guidePhoto by: Bob Hand

Morro Rock Surf Guide

Morro Rock in San Luis Obispo is a fairly exposed beach break that has dependable surf. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rips and sharks.

Morro Rock Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
12.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Morro Rock:

The best conditions reported for surf at Morro Rock occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Morro Rock 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 30% of the time in January while 61% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% 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).

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Interactive Morro Rock 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 Morro Rock is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 78 km (48 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Morro Rock is Lemoore Nas Airport (NLC), also in USA, 133 km (83 miles) away.

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Morro Rock Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 20:06 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 8 9 9
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Morro Rock

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

Wind History at Morro Rock

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

Morro Rock Reviews:

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Based on 6 votes.
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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.2
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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darryl from United States
“Surfed Morro for years, great rights and lefts. On bigger days stay clear of the lineups which are crowded. There are competent surfers along the spot, Morro can hold a crowded lineup. 40 yards right of the rock is good to start, further left about 60 yards is another takeoff usually crowded with shorter thruster boards. Big, cold water, sharks in the area, use discretion out there...dont surf alone stay within 20 feet of other surfers. Birds flying around a specific spot circling indicate a feeding so beware.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: consistent
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