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Steamer Lane-The Slot break guidePhoto by: James Griffith

Steamer Lane-The Slot Surf Guide

Steamer Lane-The Slot in Santa Cruz is a fairly exposed reef break that is usually a safe bet and works all around the year. The best wind direction is from the northeast with some shelter here from northwest winds. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. There is a right breaking reef. 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 Slot Spot Info

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

Surfing Steamer Lane-The Slot:

The best conditions reported for surf at Steamer Lane-The Slot occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Steamer Lane-The Slot 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 46% of the time in January while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% 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-The Slot Location Map

Interactive Steamer Lane-The Slot 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 Slot 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 Slot is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 52 km (32 miles) away.

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Steamer Lane-The Slot Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 13:23 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 7 7
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Swell History at Steamer Lane-The Slot

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

Wind History at Steamer Lane-The Slot

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

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