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South Beach break guidePhoto by: Isaak Linkous

South Beach Surf Guide

South Beach in Del Norte County is a sheltered beach break that does not work very often. Winter and spring are the best times of year to visit. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around low tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for sharks and rocks.

South Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
10.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing South Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at South Beach occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing South Beach 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 30% of the time in January while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 17% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
30%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
53%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
17%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore South Beach Location Map

Interactive South Beach 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 nearest passenger airport to South Beach is Chico Muni Airport (CIC) in USA, which is 291 km (181 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to South Beach is Beale Afb (Marysville) Airport (BAB), also in USA, 371 km (230 miles) away.

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South Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 01:45 Local Time
Tuesday 17
2AM5AM8AM11AM
Wave (m)
1.3
WNW
1.2
WNW
1.1
W
1.1
WNW
Period (s) 9 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
5
10
5
25
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at South Beach

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

Wind History at South Beach

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To South Beach: