Cardiff Reef


Continental Area North America
Country Area USA
Country Area Region California - Southern
Country Area Region Zone San Diego County
Surf Spot Cardiff Reef Surf Spot
Surfing Skill Level All levels
Best Board Type Longboard, Shortboard
Reputation Normal
Paddle Out Conditions Moderate
Surf's Up Frequency Pretty reliable (150+ days per year)
Direction Right
Type Reef - Rocky
Bottom Flat Rocks with Sand
Power Fast, Powerless
Average Length Average, 50 to 150 meters
Best Length Super Long, 300 to 500 meters
Minimum Workable Height Less than 3 ft/1 m
Maxes Out at this Height 12 ft+/4 m+
Good Swell Direction NorthWest, West
Good Wind Direction East
Best Tide Position Low and Mid Tide
Best Tide Movement Rising Tide
Crowds - Week Few Surfers
Crowds - Weekends Super Crowded
Water Quality/Cleanliness Dirty/Murky to Moderately Clean
Hazards to Avoid Pollution, Rocks
Best Season December, January, February

Surf Suit Type

January/February Full Suit 3/2
March/April Full Suit 3/2
May/June Full Suit 2/Spring Suit
July/August Boardshorts
September/October Spring Suit
November/December Full Suit 2/Spring Suit

Water Temp

January/February 15°C | 59°F
March/April 15°C | 59°F
May/June 18°C | 64°F
July/August 21°C | 70°F
September/October 19°C | 66°F
November/December 17°C | 63°F

Air Temp

January/February 16°C | 61°F
March/April 19°C | 66°F
May/June 21°C | 70°F
July/August 23°C | 74°F
September/October 24°C | 76°F
November/December 19°C | 66°F


January/February Sunny
March/April Sunny
May/June Partly Cloudy/Sunny
July/August Sunny
September/October Sunny
November/December Sunny!/surf-report/cardiff-southern-california/4786