Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (2024)

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Sunset State Beach Surf Guide

Sunset State Beach in Santa Cruz is an exposed beach break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here. Hazards include rips and sharks.

Sunset State Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (1)BeachSunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (2)2.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent

14.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sunset State Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sunset State Beach occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

    Hourly Forecast12 Day Forecast

What's the best time of year to surf Sunset State Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter

The best time of year for surfing Sunset State Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winterand most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 47% of the time in January while 52% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% of the time it is considered too small by mostsurfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.

blown out

52%

Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).

too small

1%

Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sunset State Beach Location Map

Interactive Sunset State Beach 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 Sunset State Beach is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 52 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sunset State Beach is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 60 km (37 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.

Sunset State Beach Surf Forecasts:

    Hourly Forecast12 Day Forecast
Todays Surf SummaryTuesday, 21 May 2024, 03:25 Local Time m, °C Tuesday 21ft, °F 2AM5AM8AM11AM Wave (m) 1.9WNW 1.9WNW 1.8WNW 1.7WNW Period (s) 11 11 10 10 Wind (km/h) 5 10 Wind State glass glass glass on
Tides at Sunset State Beach Current tide and informaton For Elkhorn Slough railroad bridge, California, 9 km from Sunset State Beach.Next High Water: 11:24am | 1.14mNext Low Water: 04:28am | -0.06mNEXTIS AT (local time)remaininghigh tidelow tide

Sunset State Beach Sea Temperature

The water temperature (14.1 °C) at Sunset State Beach is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (18.0 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.Today, many surfers would wear a spring wetsuit.Current Temp*: 14.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellitewater-tempView Sea Temp Map

Swell History at Sunset State Beach

Surf stats for Sunset State Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (15)

Average Swell

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Wind History at Sunset State Beach

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

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Average Wind

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Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Sunset State Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

  • Manresa State Beach

    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (21)Beach
    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (22)3.2

    Reliability: consistent

    5km away

  • Zmudowski State Beach

    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (23)Beach
    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (24)3.2

    Reliability: consistent

    9km away

  • Moss Landing

    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (25)Beach
    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (26)3.2

    Reliability: very consistent

    10km away

  • Capitola Rivermouth

    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (27)Beach/jetty
    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (28)2.7

    Reliability: fairly consistent

    12km away

  • Salinas River State Beach

    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (29)Beach
    • Sunset State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (CAL (30)3.7

    Reliability: consistent

    12km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Sunset State Beach:

  • Closest Wave BuoyCabrillo Point, Monterey Bay, CA19 mi
  • Second closest Wave BuoyWest Monterey Bay, CA30 mi
  • Third closest Wave BuoyMonterey Buoy32 mi
  • Fourth closest Wave BuoyPoint Sur, CA 41 mi
  • Fifth closest Wave BuoyHalf Moon Bay Buoy65 mi
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