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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 (?)
1.7

WNW
2.4

NW
1.9

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
1.3

WNW
0.6

SSW
0.5

S
0.6

S
0.6

S
0.7

S
0.8

SSW
0.7

S
Period(s) (?)999109916161515814201918171616
Energy(?)501924627511355333283256243225203156196256227297363242
Wind
(km/h)
10 WSW10
15 WNW15
10 W10
10 SW10
5 SW5
10 S10
10 SW10
10 WSW10
10 SW10
15 WSW15
5 WNW5
10 WSW10
20 WNW20
5 NW5
15 WNW15
30 NW30
15 NW15
25 WNW25
Wind State(?)cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
ononcross-
on
oncross-
on
oncross-
on
glasscross-
on
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on
crosscrosscross
High Tide
/ height (m)
2:23PM
12:17AM

3:32PM
2:35PM
12:46AM

4:23PM
1:34AM

4:50PM
2:29AM

6:10PM
4:08AM
12:46AM

6:41PM
4:50AM

Low Tide
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6:48PM

8:02AM
6:14PM

8:13AM

8:15PM
6:36PM
9:42AM

9:26PM
9:49AM

11:05PM
10:48AM

12:10AM
11:45AM
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clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Summary
clearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearsome cloudscloudysome cloudsclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
191411121112141213151315201513141312
Low °C
1710101210111410101591120111313911
Chill °C (?)
191310111011131112141215201412121110
Sunrise
--6:00--5:58--5:58--5:56--5:56--5:56
Sunset
8:07--8:10--8:09--8:10--8:10--8:14--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.4

SSW
1.9

WNW
1.9

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.2

WNW
0.7

SSW
1.3

WNW
0.6

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.8

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.8

SSW
0.7

S
Period (s)149910999991571414512121616
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

SW
0.5

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.2

S
0.6

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.6

S
0.6

S
0.7

S
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
Period (s)171715161517161615231420201918171211
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.7

WNW
2.4

NW

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1.2

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.1

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.5

W
0.8

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
Period (s)99-------887665466


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.