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San Clemente Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.7
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 4.1

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San Clemente Pier break guidePhoto by: Steve Trujillo

San Clemente Pier Surf Guide

San Clemente Pier in Orange County is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's often crowded here. Watch out for rips and locals.

San Clemente Pier Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s44.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing San Clemente Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at San Clemente Pier 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 San Clemente Pier (for consistent clean waves)?

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing San Clemente Pier with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 54% of the time in October while 42% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 4% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
54%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
42%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
4%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore San Clemente Pier Location Map

Interactive San Clemente Pier 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 Clemente Pier is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA, 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to San Clemente Pier is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK), also in USA, 36 km (22 miles) away.

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San Clemente Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 4 December 2020, 20:51 Local Time
FriSat
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m) 0.6
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0.6
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0.6
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0.6
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Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 5
NW 0
N 0
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What does San Clemente Pier look like?

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Swell History at San Clemente Pier

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

Wind History at San Clemente Pier

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

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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