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Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda break guidePhoto by: Protmire Lee

Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda Surf Guide

Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda in Oregon_North is an exposed beach and reef break that has reasonably consistent surf Offshore winds are from the east with some shelter here from north northwest winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach break provides left and right handers and there is right hand reef break too.. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of rips and sharks.

Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda:

The best conditions reported for surf at Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda 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 Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda 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 37% of the time in January while 61% 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).

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Interactive Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda 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 Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda is Mc Minnville Muni (Mackminnville) Airport (MMV) in USA, which is 65 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda is Scappoose Industrial Airpark (San Luis) Airport (SPB), also in USA, 108 km (67 miles) away.

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Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 4 October 2022, 02:47 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 17 17 16 16
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Swell History at Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda

Surf stats for Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda

Wind stats for Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda Reviews:

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steve from United States
“It's similar to any break on the oregon coast, its subject to a lot of wind, big tide changes, and crossing swell. When it is surf able, the surf is frequently junky. Most surfers have low wave counts during their sessions. The water tends to be cold due to upwelling. Also, its the most crowded surf spot on the oregon coast, because its more consistent. And, it does get good.”

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