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San Onofre break guide

San Onofre Surf Guide

San Onofre in San Diego County is an exposed beach and point break that has consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the east northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. There are left and right breaking reefs Best around low tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

San Onofre Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
17.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing San Onofre:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing San Onofre with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 55% of the time in November while 40% 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).

Explore San Onofre Location Map

Interactive San Onofre 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 Onofre is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK) in USA, 45 km (28 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to San Onofre is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA), also in USA, 45 km (28 miles) away.

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San Onofre Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 8 June 2023, 06:03 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass on on on

Swell History at San Onofre

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

Wind History at San Onofre

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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Wave Buoys Nearest To San Onofre:

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