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South Bird Rock ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.5

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South Bird Rock Surf Guide

South Bird Rock in San Diego County is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. There are left and right breaking reefs. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. It's often crowded here. Take care to avoid the rocks.

South Bird Rock Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing South Bird Rock:

The best conditions reported for surf at South Bird Rock 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 South Bird Rock (for consistent clean waves)?

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing South Bird Rock with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 56% of the time in November while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
56%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
39%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
5%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore South Bird Rock Location Map

Interactive South Bird Rock 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 South Bird Rock is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN) in USA, 12 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to South Bird Rock is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX), also in USA, 14 km (9 miles) away.

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South Bird Rock Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 16:01 Local Time
Saturday 06
1PM4PM7PM10PM
Wave (m) 0.7
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
Period (s) 16 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 20
WNW 15
WNW 15
WNW 10
WNW
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross cross-
on

Swell History at South Bird Rock

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

Wind History at South Bird Rock

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

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    • Icon  s22.1
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    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
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Wave Buoys Nearest To South Bird Rock: