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Playa Elefante Seasonal Surf Averages

Based on the last ten years data for this location this page gives seasonal trends and an idea of what kind of conditions you can expect and when. Of course these are just averages - it's worth reading carefully to understand exactly what they mean and to recognise the kind of variation you could expect on a trip because an average can never tell the whole story. Click on a month below to see more detail.
If you want a past forecast for a specific date range then click here.

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Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

Wind Swell Ground Swell
94%
90%

4%

Jan
94%
91%

3%

Feb
91%
85%

6%

Mar
82%
68%

14%

Apr
82%
67%

15%

May
84%
68%

16%

Jun
82%
69%

13%

Jul
82%
76%

6%

Aug
80%
68%

12%

Sep
85%
79%

6%

Oct
92%
87%

5%

Nov
96%
94%

2%

Dec
This graph shows the percentage of days that had a ridable wind swell (7 seconds period or more) or groundswell (10 seconds period or more) of over 3ft. It also shows the dominant wind direction. Not all of these days will neccessarily give great surf, and very short lived wind swells or longer period secondary swells may produce surf not recorded, but it gives a clear idea of the seasonal trend and a rough guide to the chances of scoring something ridable.

Monthly Overview

Jan
Swell
Consistency
94%
Average Swell
Height
7ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Feb
Swell
Consistency
94%
Average Swell
Height
7ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Mar
Swell
Consistency
91%
Average Swell
Height
7ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Apr
Swell
Consistency
82%
Average Swell
Height
6ft
Average Swell
Period
12s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
May
Swell
Consistency
82%
Average Swell
Height
6ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Jun
Swell
Consistency
84%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Jul
Swell
Consistency
82%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Aug
Swell
Consistency
82%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Sep
Swell
Consistency
80%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Oct
Swell
Consistency
85%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Nov
Swell
Consistency
92%
Average Swell
Height
6ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Dec
Swell
Consistency
96%
Average Swell
Height
7ft
Average Swell
Period
13s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell

Understanding this Data

These swell averages are calculated ONLY on swells of more than 7 seconds period. This means this is the average height of a swell that's likely to produce ridable surf NOT an average of every wave heading toward the beach in a month. Likewise the period is the average period OVER 7 seconds. There will be days that have short period wind swells that won't produce and ridable swell and these are excluded from the averages. The consistency figure gives the percentage of days that meet this condition.

For example if the consistency is 50% you could expect the 'average' swell for about 15 days in the month. Of course an average tells only part of the story. A combination of very large and very small swells may produce the same average as a consistent medium sized swell.

Monthly Data

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

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Punta Cono
Punta Maria
Punta Blanca
Punto Lobos
El Cardon
Punta Negra
Puerto San Andres
Punta Sta Rosalillita
The Wall
Miller's Landing
Punta Canoas
Punta Abreojos
Punta Camalú
Shipwrecks/Freighters
Quatro Casas
Cabo Colonet
San Antonio del Mar
Scorpion Bay
Santo Tomas
Isla Todos Santos (Killers)
Salsipuedes
K58/La Fonda
K55/Campo Lopez
Las Gaviotas - Baja
K38, K38.5, K39
Calafia
Imperial Beach
Point Loma
Sunset Cliffs
Ocean beach
Mission Beach (San Diego)
Pacific Beach
Birdrock
Windansea Beach
Horseshoe
Scripps Pier/La Jolla
Torrey Pines/Blacks Beach
Del Mar
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Cardiff Reef
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Moonlight
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Ponto
Carlsbad
Oceanside
Trails
San Onofre
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San Clemente Pier
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Poche Beach
Doheny State Beach
Strands Point
Salt Creek
Cortes Bank
Agate/Pearl Street
Laguna Beach (Brooks Street)
Laguna Beach (Thalia Street)
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Corona Del Mar Jetty
The Wedge
Wave Buoy 46047
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36th St Newport