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South Del Mar 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 Del Mar Surf Guide

South Del Mar in San Diego County is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west southwest. There is a right breaking reef. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Watch out for .

South Del Mar Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing South Del Mar:

The best conditions reported for surf at South Del Mar 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 Del Mar (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing South Del Mar 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.
clean
58%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
38%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
4%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore South Del Mar Location Map

Interactive South Del Mar 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 Del Mar is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX) in USA, 18 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to South Del Mar is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 30 km (19 miles) away.

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South Del Mar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 8 March 2021, 01:23 Local Time
Monday 08
1AM4AM7AM10AM
Wave (m) 0.7
W
0.4
SSW
0.4
SSW
0.4
SSW
Period (s) 8 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 15
S 10
SW 10
SW 15
WSW
Wind State cross cross-
on
cross-
on
on

Swell History at South Del Mar

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

Wind History at South Del Mar

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

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