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Natural Bridges State Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.3

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Natural Bridges State Beach Surf Guide

Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz is a sheltered reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. There is a right hand reef break It's often crowded here. Beware of locals and sharks.

Natural Bridges State Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
11.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Natural Bridges State Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Natural Bridges State Beach 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 Natural Bridges State Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Natural Bridges 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 32% of the time in January while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 29% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
32%
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
29%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Natural Bridges State Beach Location Map

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

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Natural Bridges State Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 20:49 Local Time
ThuFri
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m) 1.0
WNW
1.3
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
Period (s) 14 14 14 13
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 5
N 5
ENE 5
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Wind State cross-
off
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off
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Swell History at Natural Bridges State Beach

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

Wind History at Natural Bridges State Beach

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

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