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Pico Creek ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Pico Creek Surf Guide

Pico Creek in San Luis Obispo is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. There is a right breaking reef. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

Pico Creek Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pico Creek:

The best conditions reported for surf at Pico Creek occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Pico Creek with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 8% of the time in February while 19% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 73% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
8%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
19%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
73%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Pico Creek Location Map

Interactive Pico Creek 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 Pico Creek is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 110 km (68 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Pico Creek is Lemoore Nas Airport (NLC), also in USA, 134 km (83 miles) away.

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Pico Creek Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 17 April 2021, 21:51 Local Time
SatSun
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 0.6
SW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
Period (s) 15 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 5
N 5
NNE 5
N
Wind State cross cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Pico Creek

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

Wind History at Pico Creek

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

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