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Steamer Lane-The Point break guidePhoto by: Daniel

Steamer Lane-The Point Surf Guide

Steamer Lane-The Point in Santa Cruz is an exposed reef break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year. The best wind direction is from the northeast with some shelter here from northwest winds. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A reef breaks right. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Take care of rocks in the line up.

Steamer Lane-The Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Steamer Lane-The Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Steamer Lane-The Point 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 Steamer Lane-The Point (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Steamer Lane-The Point 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 12% of the time in January while 18% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 70% 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).

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Interactive Steamer Lane-The Point 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-The Point is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Steamer Lane-The Point is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 52 km (32 miles) away.

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Steamer Lane-The Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 11 August 2022, 08:06 Local Time
Thursday 11
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-

Swell History at Steamer Lane-The Point

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

Wind History at Steamer Lane-The Point

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

Steamer Lane-The Point Reviews:

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Based on 6 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.3
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s43.7
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s11.3
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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pete pappas from United States
“Before the University was built, there were never huge crowds. Also there are no longer any regulators in the line-up, because of the fear of one of these soy boys going to get a lawyer if they are yelled at or forbid me, dunked.
The surf schools are a rip off. they give lessons and charge $70-80 an hour, even when it's flat. These kooks go to the point and slot when it is small, along with anyone else and create havoc. None of these clowns have paid any dues, which means you spend your time in smaller waves and in several years, maybe, just maybe you might get a shot at a very dangerous point. Forget afternoons, especially at middle peak. The kooks sit out there in groups socializing, like at cowell's and pay no attention to what's going on, wipeout on every wave and ditch their longboards.”

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