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Rockaway ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Rockaway break guidePhoto by: Tim Struckmeier

Rockaway Surf Guide

Rockaway in San Mateo is an exposed beach and reef break that has reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. The beach break favours right handers and primariliy right reef breaks.. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Watch out for rips, rocks, pollution and sharks.

Rockaway Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
11.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rockaway:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Rockaway 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 44% of the time in December while 51% 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.
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 Rockaway 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 Rockaway is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Rockaway is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 28 km (17 miles) away.

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Rockaway Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 17 January 2021, 17:29 Local Time
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 22 21 20 19
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 5
N 10
NW 10
Wind State on glass on cross

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Swell History at Rockaway

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Wind History at Rockaway

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Rockaway Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Scooter Knott. from United States
“Sicki right with occasional lefts. Look out for two blond guys that rip and scream at every wave they're on. There's also an older nut job who wears seaweed as a scarf and drops in on huge close outs. Experts only on this wave. I've seen many boards get destroyed here.”

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    Reliability: consistent
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