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Shark Pit Surf Guide

Shark Pit_1 in SF Marin is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf The best wind direction is from the east southeast with some shelter here from north winds. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks offer left-handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for sharks, rips and rocks.

Shark Pit Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Shark Pit:

The best conditions reported for surf at Shark Pit occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Shark Pit 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 53% of the time in January while 46% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% 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).

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Interactive Shark Pit 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 Shark Pit is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 87 km (54 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Shark Pit is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 88 km (55 miles) away.

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Shark Pit Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 27 March 2023, 06:11 Local Time
Monday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross

Swell History at Shark Pit

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

Wind History at Shark Pit

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

Shark Pit Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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numskulls from United States
“This place sucks every time I go there , it is on shore buoy and Gerry & Larry and my other brother Long Board Larry are out in powder puff mush buckets mate; with no juice to save your life to get to shore very quickly indeed of perhaps in need to get to shore from the 20 footer or perhaps the larger one right off of Bird rock and Pierce pt that my friend had seen fishing with his dad last sunday !”

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