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Sunset Cliffs ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 2.1
Difficulty Level: 3.9
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.6

Overall: 2.5

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Sunset Cliffs break guide

Sunset Cliffs Surf Guide

Sunset Cliffs in San Diego County is an exposed reef break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Beware of urchins, rips, rocks, obstacles, locals and pollution.

Sunset Cliffs Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s22.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sunset Cliffs:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sunset Cliffs occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Sunset Cliffs (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Sunset Cliffs 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 51% of the time in January while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
51%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
40%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
9%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sunset Cliffs Location Map

Interactive Sunset Cliffs 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 Cliffs is North Island Nas (San Diego) Airport (NZY) in USA, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sunset Cliffs is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN), also in USA, 7 km (4 miles) away.

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Sunset Cliffs Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 16:25 Local Time
Saturday 06
1PM4PM7PM10PM
Wave (m) 0.7
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
Period (s) 16 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 20
WNW 15
WNW 15
WNW 10
WNW
Wind State on cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Sunset Cliffs

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

Wind History at Sunset Cliffs

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

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