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Sunset Beach break guidePhoto by: Gabriel

Sunset Beach Surf Guide

Sunset Beach in Gulf Coast, Florida is a sandbar break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. The location means that groundswells are unknown and the ideal wave direction is from the southwest. Good surf at all stages of the tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working.

Sunset Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
30.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sunset Beach:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Sunset 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 8% of the time in January while 23% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 69% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
8%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
23%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
69%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sunset Beach Location Map

Interactive Sunset 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 Sunset Beach is Albert Whitted (St. Petersburg) Airport (SPG) in USA, 13 km (8 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sunset Beach is St Petersburg Clearwater International Airport (PIE), also in USA, 20 km (12 miles) away.

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Sunset Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 13 August 2022, 08:47 Local Time
Saturday 13
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m)
0.1
S
0.1
S
0.1
S
0.1
S
Period (s) 4 4 4 4
Wind (km/h)
15
10
5
10
Wind State off off cross-
off
cross-
on

Swell History at Sunset Beach

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

Wind History at Sunset Beach

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Sunset Beach: