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San Elijo State Beach break guidePhoto by: Dena Austin Miller

San Elijo State Beach Surf Guide

Pipes - San Elijo State Beach in San Diego County is an exposed beach and reef break that only works once in a while. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the east northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. There are left and right breaking reefs. Best around mid tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Submerged rocks are a hazard.

San Elijo State Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s32.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
20.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing San Elijo State Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at San Elijo State Beach occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf San Elijo State Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing San Elijo 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 57% of the time in January while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
57%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
38%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
5%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore San Elijo State Beach Location Map

Interactive San Elijo 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 San Elijo State Beach is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to San Elijo State Beach is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 39 km (24 miles) away.

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San Elijo State Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 25 September 2022, 20:34 Local Time
SunMon
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m)
1
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
Period (s) 17 17 17 17
Wind (km/h)
10
5
5
5
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross

Swell History at San Elijo State Beach

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

Wind History at San Elijo State Beach

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near San Elijo State Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To San Elijo State Beach: