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

Overall: 3.2

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San Carpoforo Creek Surf Guide

San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo is an exposed beach break that has dependable surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

San Carpoforo Creek Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
10.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing San Carpoforo Creek:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing San Carpoforo 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 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 75% 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 San Carpoforo 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 San Carpoforo Creek is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 134 km (83 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to San Carpoforo Creek is Lemoore Nas Airport (NLC), also in USA, 139 km (86 miles) away.

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San Carpoforo Creek Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 08:32 Local Time
Thursday 15
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 16 17 17 17
Wind (km/h) 5
NNE 10
WNW 15
WNW 20
Wind State glass on cross-

Swell History at San Carpoforo Creek

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

Wind History at San Carpoforo Creek

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

San Carpoforo Creek Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.2
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s43.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Egg from United States
“San Carpoforo Creek, similar to Lighthouse is a northwest facing beach. So the best swell comes from winter storms taking the Jet Stream over from Japan and hitting Oregon then cascading down to California. Often during the winter swell season these beaches will have waves 2-3 feet larger than the smaller waves present at breaks like Morro bay and Cayucos.

There is a significant shore break and a sandy bottom. On days with a wave power above 600 there are slabby steep waves with a rolling break and occasional closeout. When the wave power is above 1500 it will start to barrel. When the swell is big a significant rip develops that can be useful for paddling out but will make coming into the beach a little tricky.
The valley leading to the beach protects the break from the offshore winds usually present and leads to wind conditions more favorable than similar breaks.

Parking is simple along highway 1 park near the green gate on the ocean side of the highway and take the obvious trail to the beach. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from San Luis Obispo.”

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