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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
1.8

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
1.4

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.3

WNW
0.6

S
0.6

S
1.3

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.9

WNW
2.0

WNW
Period(s) (?)99101091616151577719186788
Energy(?)578559511553333283256243225207202145256227137306488475
Wind
(km/h)
20 NW20
10 W10
10 WSW10
15 SSW15
10 S10
15 SW15
5 W5
10 SW10
15 W15
15 NW15
5 WNW5
30 NW30
20 NNW20
15 W15
30 WNW30
20 NW20
30 WNW30
30 WNW30
Wind State(?)cross-
on
cross-
on
oncross-
off
cross-
on
oncross-
on
oncross-
on
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off
crossoffcross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)
12:16AM

2:59PM
12:47AM

3:55PM
1:46AM

12:08AM
4:50PM
2:25AM

6:10PM
3:33AM

6:41PM
4:50AM

7:12PM
Low Tide
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7:29AM
6:36PM
7:19PM

8:52AM

8:05PM
9:03AM

8:49PM
10:41AM

10:57PM
10:48AM

7:19AM
12:10AM
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
101112111213111317101720111516121314
Low °C
91012101013101016910199111581113
Chill °C (?)
710111011121012177172081414101112
Sunrise
-6:00--5:58--5:58--5:56--5:56--5:54-
Sunset
--8:10--8:09--8:10--8:10--8:12--8:13
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.5

SSW
1.8

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.4

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1.2

WNW
1.1

WNW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.5

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0.6

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0.6

WNW
0.6

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0.5

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0.6

SSW
0.6

S
Period (s)17910109991515141414191217161615
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.5

S
0.6

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.1

S
0.2

S
0.3

S
0.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.5

SSW
0.6

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0.5

WNW
0.3

SSW
0.1

S
0.1

S
Period (s)131616161716162323222020141812132323
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.9

WNW

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1.1

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.9

WNW
2.0

WNW
Period (s)9------88777666788


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.