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Stockton Avenue Surf Guide

Stockton Avenue in Santa Cruz is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. A reef breaks right. Best around low tide. A popular wave that can get growded. Take care of locals and sharks.

Stockton Avenue Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
11.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Stockton Avenue:

The best conditions reported for surf at Stockton Avenue 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 Stockton Avenue (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Stockton Avenue 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.
clean
12%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
18%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
70%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Stockton Avenue Location Map

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

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Stockton Avenue Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 31 January 2023, 13:09 Local Time
Tuesday 31
1PM4PM7PM10PM
Wave (m)
1.3
WNW
1.1
WNW
1.2
WNW
1.1
WNW
Period (s) 17 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
0
5
10
10
Wind State glass cross-
on
cross-
off
off

Swell History at Stockton Avenue

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

Wind History at Stockton Avenue

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

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