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Princeton Breakwater break guidePhoto by: William Frankeberger

Princeton Breakwater Surf Guide

Princeton Breakwater in San Mateo is an exposed beach/Jetty break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast with some shelter here from northwest winds. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best between tides, high tide can move the break too close to shore. Often Crowded. Beware of rocks and sharks.

Princeton Breakwater Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach/jettyIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
15.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Princeton Breakwater:

The best conditions reported for surf at Princeton Breakwater 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 Princeton Breakwater (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Princeton Breakwater 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 45% of the time in January while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 23% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
45%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
32%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
23%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Princeton Breakwater Location Map

Interactive Princeton Breakwater 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 Princeton Breakwater is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Princeton Breakwater is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 33 km (20 miles) away.

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Princeton Breakwater Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 June 2022, 05:00 Local Time
Sunday 26
2AM5AM8AM11AM
Wave (m)
0.6
SW
0.6
SW
0.6
SW
0.6
SW
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
5
0
5
10
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Swell History at Princeton Breakwater

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

Wind History at Princeton Breakwater

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

Princeton Breakwater Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.2
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s11.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.0
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jon from United States
“Shifty Peaks, Strong Local presence - don't be knuclehead here! Strong currents , best at incoming tides. Always crowded. NW swells and SW makes it work o.k. Wind can be a factor here.”

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    • Icon reef  redReef
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    • Icon  s43.7
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    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    11km away

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