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Point Arena Surf Guide

Point Arena/Arena Cove in Mendocino County is a fairly exposed beach break that is often working. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the northwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Likely to be crowded if working. Beware of sharks,wreck, rips, rocks and locals.

Point Arena Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
11.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Point Arena:

The best conditions reported for surf at Point Arena occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Point Arena with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 35% of the time in December while 59% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
35%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
59%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
6%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Point Arena Location Map

Interactive Point Arena 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 Point Arena is Travis Afb (Fairfield) Airport (SUU) in USA, 173 km (107 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Point Arena is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 187 km (116 miles) away.

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Point Arena Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 29 November 2022, 16:04 Local Time
Tuesday 29
1PM4PM7PM10PM
Wave (m)
2
WNW
1.8
WNW
1.8
WNW
1.7
WNW
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
20
20
15
5
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Point Arena

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

Wind History at Point Arena

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Point Arena: