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Stinson Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.4
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.9

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Stinson Beach Surf Guide

Stinson Beach in SF Marin is a fairly exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide. Sometimes crowded. Beware of sharks, rips and rocks.

Stinson Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s43.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Stinson Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Stinson Beach 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 Stinson Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Stinson 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 26% of the time in January while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 42% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
26%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
32%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
42%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Stinson Beach Location Map

Interactive Stinson 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 Stinson Beach is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 39 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Stinson Beach is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 42 km (26 miles) away.

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Stinson Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 13:28 Local Time
Tuesday 02
1PM4PM7PM10PM
Wave (m) 1.0
WNW
1.4
W
1.4
W
1.8
WNW
Period (s) 14 12 12 14
Wind (km/h) 5
W 10
WNW 10
NW 10
NW
Wind State glass cross-
on
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Swell History at Stinson Beach

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

Wind History at Stinson Beach

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

Stinson Beach Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 14 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.9
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.4
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.2
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s55.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.5
  • ...

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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Allen from United States
“Good but could be less crowded.”

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