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Scott Creek-Reef Surf Guide

Scott Creek-Reef in Santa Cruz is an exposed beach and reef break that has reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. A reef breaks right. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Beware of rips, sharks and rocks.

Scott Creek-Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Scott Creek-Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Scott Creek-Reef occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Scott Creek-Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Scott Creek-Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 35% of the time in January while 62% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
35%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
62%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
3%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Scott Creek-Reef Location Map

Interactive Scott Creek-Reef 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 Scott Creek-Reef is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ) in USA, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Scott Creek-Reef is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), also in USA, 44 km (27 miles) away.

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Scott Creek-Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 2 October 2022, 18:34 Local Time
Sunday 02
2PM5PM8PM11PM
Wave (m)
0.5
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.7
WNW
Period (s) 13 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
10
15
10
10
Wind State on cross-
on
cross-
on
cross

Swell History at Scott Creek-Reef

Surf stats for Scott Creek-Reef, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Scott Creek-Reef

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

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