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Shacks ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.4

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Shacks Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NNE

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.6 °C

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Thursday, 9 April 2020, 22:27 Local time
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 16 16 16 15
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 10
SW 5
Wind State cross-
on glass off

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Shacks in Santa Cruz is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the north northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. Good surf at all stages of the tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For 4 Mile, 2 km from Shacks.

IS AT (local time)

Shacks Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Felton, 10 km from Shacks.


Air temperature
11 °C

Current weather near Shacks

Overall Shacks Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April

Surf stats for Shacks: see the swell variation by month.


Wind stats for Shacks: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Shacks Location Maps

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Tide stations nearest to Shacks:

  • Closest tide station
    Santa Cruz
    9 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Ano Nuevo Island
    11 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Live Oak
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    16 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Rio Del Mar
    16 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Shacks is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Shacks is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 48 km (30 miles) away.
  • Third is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 71 km (44 miles) away.
  • Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in USA is 81 km (50 miles) away.
  • Modesto City Co Harry Sham Airport (MOD), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Shacks and is 129 km (80 miles) away.
Shacks break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Shacks, CAL - Santa Cruz. Use the tab navigation above to view Shacks sea temperature, Shacks photographs, Shacks detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Shacks webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Cruz live weather stations and Shacks tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Shacks.