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Waddell Creek ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5
Eating: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Waddell Creek Surf Guide

Waddell Creek in Santa Cruz is an exposed beach and reef break that has unreliable waves Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around high tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for rips, sharks and rocks.

Waddell Creek Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
11.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waddell Creek:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Waddell Creek 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 12% of the time in January while 18% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 70% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
12%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
18%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
70%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Waddell Creek Location Map

Interactive Waddell Creek 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 Waddell Creek is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ) in USA, 41 km (25 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waddell Creek is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), also in USA, 43 km (27 miles) away.

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Waddell Creek Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 13:31 Local Time
Saturday 08
2PM5PM8PM11PM
Wave (m) 2.0
WNW
2.1
WNW
3.0
NW
3.5
NW
Period (s) 10 10 10 11
Wind (km/h) 25
NW 25
NW 25
NW 15
NNW
Wind State cross cross cross cross-
off

Swell History at Waddell Creek

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

Wind History at Waddell Creek

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

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