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Steamer Lane-Middle Peak break guidePhoto by: Daniel

Steamer Lane-Middle Peak Surf Guide

Steamer Lane-Middle Peak in Santa Cruz is a reasonably exposed reef break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast with some shelter here from northwest winds. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Steamer Lane-Middle Peak Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
11.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Steamer Lane-Middle Peak:

The best conditions reported for surf at Steamer Lane-Middle Peak occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Steamer Lane-Middle Peak (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Steamer Lane-Middle Peak with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 73% of the time in April while 11% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 16% 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 Steamer Lane-Middle Peak Location Map

Interactive Steamer Lane-Middle Peak 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 Steamer Lane-Middle Peak is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Steamer Lane-Middle Peak is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 52 km (32 miles) away.

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Steamer Lane-Middle Peak Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 13:53 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 7 7
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Steamer Lane-Middle Peak

Surf stats for Steamer Lane-Middle Peak, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Steamer Lane-Middle Peak

Wind stats for Steamer Lane-Middle Peak, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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