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The Patch ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.4
Consistency of Surf: 1.9
Difficulty Level: 1.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 2.3

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Surf Report Feed

The Patch Surf Guide

The Patch in SF Marin is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf Offshore winds are from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Sometimes crowded. Beware of sharks, rips and rocks.

The Patch Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s22.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Patch:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Patch occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Patch 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 32% of the time in January while 28% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 40% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
32%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
28%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
40%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Patch Location Map

Interactive The Patch 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 The Patch is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Patch is Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), also in USA, 46 km (29 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
The Patch Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 8 March 2021, 05:24 Local Time
Monday 08
7AM10AM1PM4PM
Wave (m) 2.2
WNW
2.2
WNW
2.1
WNW
2.3
WNW
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 15
W 15
SSW 20
SSW 20
SW
Wind State cross cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at The Patch

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

Wind History at The Patch

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

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