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Ocean Beach Pier break guidePhoto by: Marti

Ocean Beach Pier Surf Guide

Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego County is an exposed beach and reef break that has consistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the east. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around mid tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Beware of rips, rocks, obstacles, locals and pollution, dog shit.

Ocean Beach Pier Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
14.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ocean Beach Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ocean Beach Pier occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ocean Beach Pier 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 52% of the time in January while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 15% 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).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Ocean Beach Pier Location Map

Interactive Ocean Beach Pier 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 Ocean Beach Pier is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN) in USA, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ocean Beach Pier is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY), also in USA, 7 km (4 miles) away.

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Ocean Beach Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 25 March 2023, 22:35 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Ocean Beach Pier

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

Wind History at Ocean Beach Pier

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

Ocean Beach Pier Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.7
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.3
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.3
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Steph from United States
“Surprised with the ratings. The reality is that OB is difficult and can be quickly gnarly (and even very gnarly), but can offer incredible waves to the surfers seasoned and fit enough.”

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