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South Carlsbad State Beach Surf Guide

South Carlsbad State Beach in San Diego County is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide. Sometimes crowded. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

South Carlsbad State Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
21.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing South Carlsbad State Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing South Carlsbad State 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 58% of the time in January while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 4% 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).

Explore South Carlsbad State Beach Location Map

Interactive South Carlsbad State 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 closest passenger airport to South Carlsbad State Beach is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to South Carlsbad State Beach is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 54 km (34 miles) away.

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South Carlsbad State Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 3 October 2022, 14:33 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 16 16 17
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at South Carlsbad State Beach

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

Wind History at South Carlsbad State Beach

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

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