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Schooner Gulch Surf Guide

Schooner Gulch/Moat Creek in Mendocino County is an exposed beach and reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Spring and Summer provide the best conditions. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast with some shelter here from northwest winds. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers as well as left and right hand reef breaks.. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of sharks, rips, rocks and locals.

Schooner Gulch Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Schooner Gulch:

The best conditions reported for surf at Schooner Gulch 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 Schooner Gulch (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Schooner Gulch 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 10% of the time in February while 25% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 65% 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 Schooner Gulch Location Map

Interactive Schooner Gulch 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 Schooner Gulch is Travis Afb (Fairfield) Airport (SUU) in USA, 169 km (105 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Schooner Gulch is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 183 km (114 miles) away.

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Schooner Gulch Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 27 March 2023, 07:05 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Schooner Gulch

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

Wind History at Schooner Gulch

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

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