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Tourmaline ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 1.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.7
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.6

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Tourmaline break guidePhoto by: albena

Tourmaline Surf Guide

Tourmaline in San Diego County is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Beware of .

Tourmaline Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tourmaline:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tourmaline with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 56% of the time in November while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
56%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
39%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
5%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tourmaline Location Map

Interactive Tourmaline 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 Tourmaline is San Diego International Lindbergh Fld Airport (SAN) in USA, 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tourmaline is Miramar Mcas Airport (NKX), also in USA, 13 km (8 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Tourmaline Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 4 March 2021, 23:40 Local Time
Friday 05
1AM4AM7AM10AM
Wave (m) 0.5
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0.5
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0.5
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0.5
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Period (s) 18 18 18 18
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 10
NW 10
NNW 10
NNW
Wind State cross-
off
cross cross-
off
cross-
off

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Swell History at Tourmaline

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Wind History at Tourmaline

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

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