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San Mateo Surf

Detailed San Mateo surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in San Mateo. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in San Mateo. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in San Mateo over the next 7 days. Surf photos from San Mateo and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

San Mateo Surf Forecast

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San Mateo Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the San Mateo Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the San Mateo coastline are also listed below.

San Mateo Photos

San Mateo Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in San Mateo
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.9

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.5

NW
3.5

NW
1.8

WNW
3.0

NW
1.5

WNW
3.0

NW
2.2

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.4

NW
0.5

SSW
0.6

SSW
1.2

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.1

WNW
0.8

SSW
Period(s) (?)161515141313121111101010211913131217
Energy(?)18113950514045421186312669122441082825576424241295472520359317
Wind
(km/h)
20 NNW20
10 NNW10
10 W10
15 W15
0 NE0
5 W5
15 NW15
0 N0
5 WNW5
10 W10
5 NE5
5 SSW5
10 SW10
0 ESE0
5 SSW5
5 SW5
5 ENE5
5 W5
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
on
glassoncross-
off
glassglasscross-
on
offglassonglasscross-
on
onglasscross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)
4:48PM

7:20AM
6:03PM

8:54AM
4:48PM
7:15PM

9:33AM

8:20PM
9:53AM

9:42PM
10:55AM

9:58PM
10:59AM
Low Tide
/ height (m)

11:12AM
12:09AM
12:26PM

1:23AM
1:42PM

2:25AM

2:43PM
3:10AM

3:19PM
3:59AM
12:36AM

4:19PM
4:23AM

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Summary
some cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
202217191821262025292428302324252225
Low °C
201513191515251820282424282222251920
Chill °C (?)
202217191821262025292428302324252225
Sunrise
--6:58--6:58--7:01--7:01--7:01--7:03
Sunset
7:00--6:57--6:55--6:54--6:52--6:52--
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.9

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.4

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.5

WNW
2.2

NW
2.2

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.4

NW
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
Period (s)16151514131312911101010101013131212
Swell2 (m) & direction
1.6

WNW
0.4

SSE
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.5

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
1.5

WNW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.5

S
0.5

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
0.8

SSW
Period (s)121218181716161116151822211919181817
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-
3.5

NW
3.5

NW
1.7

NW
3.0

NW
1.9

NW
3.0

NW

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
Period (s)--1514713711----------


San Mateo Surf Breaks

San Mateo County sports a number of different surf spots, mostly beach breaks, but with a few semi-secret reef spots. The best time of year to surf is the Fall/Winter, from October through January. To access the surf spots you will use Highway 1, leaving either Pacifica or Santa Cruz and driving along the cliffs looking for the turnouts that lead to the beaches and coves. There's a variety of breaks that allow you to surf different locations depending on conditions. Ocean Beach is a 2 mile stretch of heavy beach break. Very exposed to swell and unfortunately wind. Glorious days to be had in fall when the winds go off shore and the fog is nowhere to be found. As for the rest of the coast in SMC, there are spots that face different directions that are best for catching swell or hiding from it when it is big. The topography is dynamic here as to SoCal in that way.