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The Rivermouth ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.7

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The Rivermouth Surf Guide

The Rivermouth in Santa Cruz is a sheltered beach break. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the north. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. It's often crowded here. Hazards include rocks, obstacles, pollution, rips.

The Rivermouth Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
11.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Rivermouth:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Rivermouth occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing The Rivermouth with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in June while 1% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 96% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
3%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
1%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
96%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Rivermouth Location Map

Interactive The Rivermouth 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 Rivermouth is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 45 km (28 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Rivermouth is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 50 km (31 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 Rivermouth Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 00:25 Local Time
Tuesday 13
2AM5AM8AM11AM
Wave (m) 1.3
WNW
1.4
WNW
1.7
WNW
1.9
WNW
Period (s) 11 11 10 10
Wind (km/h) 5
W 5
WNW 10
WNW 15
W
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off
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Swell History at The Rivermouth

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

Wind History at The Rivermouth

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near The Rivermouth. Click below to view there surf guides.


Wave Buoys Nearest To The Rivermouth:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.