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Ocean Beach break guidePhoto by: Mike Stevens

Ocean Beach Surf Guide

Ocean Beach in SF Marin is an exposed beach break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the east with some shelter here from northwest winds. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A popular wave that can get growded. Beware of rocks, locals and sharks.

Ocean Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
16.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ocean Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ocean Beach 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 (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ocean 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 51% of the time in January while 47% 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.
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).

Explore Ocean Beach Location Map

Interactive Ocean 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 Ocean Beach is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 17 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ocean Beach is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 25 km (16 miles) away.

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Ocean Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 15 August 2022, 11:38 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross-
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Swell History at Ocean Beach

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

Wind History at Ocean Beach

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

Ocean Beach Reviews:

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Based on 6 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Max from United States
“Ocean Beach is the Mother of the coast. She can be sweet or bitchy or, on a rising swell, like a mother bear who is pissed you were messing with her cubs. Experienced surfer only, otherwise go to Pathetica down the road or up around the corner. Generally rolling push more than hollow, with the thick throwing lip behind. So fast it is hard to slow down. On big days stay high on take off for barrel or to have a slower drop then swing back and down to the pit under control. Sometimes stacks a wall for the all time screamer. Urban crowd not that aggro; nothing like giving someone crap on the beach only to be slapped back to shore on the paddle out or caught inside by the death bomb. Standard respect is fine. Solid dreams. Good luck”

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