Doheny State Beach


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Surf forecast


Sunday, July 21st View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
2.2ft210°@14sec
2.0ft263°@6sec
171°@4.1mph
3.9ft
1:00am
2.2ft218°@13sec
2.0ft255°@7sec
194°@3.4mph
2.3ft
2:00am
2.1ft226°@12sec
2.0ft247°@8sec
158°@1.0mph
0.7ft
3:00am
2.2ft241°@10sec
2.0ft232°@10sec
149°@1.9mph
-0.4ft
4:00am
2.3ft257°@8sec
2.0ft217°@12sec
149°@2.6mph
-0.8ft
5:00am
2.4ft273°@7sec
2.0ft202°@14sec
153°@3.2mph
-0.6ft
6:00am
2.5ft274°@7sec
2.0ft202°@14sec
160°@1.9mph
0.2ft
7:00am
2.5ft274°@7sec
1.9ft202°@14sec
167°@2.0mph
1.3ft
8:00am
2.6ft275°@7sec
1.9ft201°@14sec
158°@3.6mph
2.5ft
9:00am
2.6ft275°@7sec
1.9ft201°@14sec
173°@5.0mph
3.5ft
10:00am
2.6ft276°@7sec
1.9ft201°@14sec
187°@6.2mph
4.0ft
11:00am
2.6ft277°@7sec
1.9ft201°@14sec
193°@7.7mph
4.0ft
12:00pm
2.5ft277°@7sec
1.9ft201°@14sec
198°@8.0mph
3.6ft
1:00pm
2.5ft277°@7sec
1.9ft201°@14sec
197°@7.5mph
2.9ft
2:00pm
2.5ft277°@7sec
1.8ft201°@14sec
194°@8.6mph
2.3ft
3:00pm
2.4ft278°@7sec
1.8ft201°@14sec
190°@8.5mph
2.0ft
4:00pm
2.4ft278°@7sec
1.8ft200°@14sec
187°@8.8mph
2.1ft
5:00pm
2.4ft278°@7sec
1.8ft200°@14sec
191°@8.1mph
2.8ft
6:00pm
2.4ft277°@7sec
1.8ft199°@14sec
188°@6.7mph
3.8ft
7:00pm
2.5ft277°@7sec
1.9ft199°@14sec
177°@5.8mph
5.1ft
8:00pm
2.5ft276°@7sec
1.9ft198°@13sec
171°@5.5mph
6.1ft
9:00pm
2.5ft276°@8sec
1.8ft199°@14sec
161°@3.5mph
6.8ft
10:00pm
2.6ft277°@8sec
1.8ft199°@14sec
151°@4.1mph
6.9ft
11:00pm
2.6ft277°@8sec
1.8ft200°@14sec
163°@3.5mph
6.3ft

Monday, July 22nd View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
2.7ft276°@8sec
1.8ft200°@14sec
151°@3.4mph
5.0ft
1:00am
2.7ft276°@8sec
1.8ft199°@14sec
139°@2.8mph
3.4ft
2:00am
2.7ft276°@8sec
1.8ft199°@14sec
136°@3.0mph
1.7ft
3:00am
2.7ft276°@7sec
1.8ft199°@14sec
120°@3.3mph
0.3ft
4:00am
2.7ft276°@7sec
1.8ft199°@14sec
126°@3.3mph
-0.6ft
5:00am
2.7ft276°@7sec
1.8ft199°@14sec
121°@3.7mph
-0.9ft
6:00am
2.7ft275°@7sec
1.8ft198°@14sec
111°@4.2mph
-0.4ft
7:00am
2.6ft275°@7sec
1.9ft198°@14sec
127°@4.9mph
0.6ft
8:00am
2.6ft275°@7sec
1.9ft198°@14sec
145°@4.8mph
1.9ft
9:00am
2.5ft275°@7sec
1.9ft198°@14sec
167°@5.1mph
3.1ft
10:00am
2.5ft275°@7sec
1.9ft197°@14sec
187°@5.7mph
3.9ft
11:00am
2.4ft275°@7sec
1.9ft197°@14sec
205°@6.3mph
4.3ft
12:00pm
2.3ft275°@7sec
1.9ft197°@14sec
221°@7.4mph
4.1ft
1:00pm
2.2ft275°@7sec
1.9ft197°@14sec
229°@7.6mph
3.5ft
2:00pm
2.2ft276°@7sec
1.9ft197°@14sec
235°@8.0mph
2.7ft
3:00pm
2.1ft258°@9sec
1.9ft212°@12sec
234°@9.0mph
2.1ft
4:00pm
2.1ft239°@10sec
1.9ft228°@10sec
224°@8.0mph
1.9ft
5:00pm
2.0ft221°@12sec
1.9ft244°@8sec
216°@7.2mph
2.1ft
6:00pm
2.1ft237°@10sec
1.9ft228°@10sec
229°@6.3mph
2.9ft
7:00pm
2.1ft253°@8sec
1.9ft212°@11sec
223°@5.2mph
4.0ft
8:00pm
2.2ft269°@6sec
1.9ft196°@13sec
238°@3.3mph
5.2ft
9:00pm
2.1ft271°@6sec
1.9ft196°@13sec
214°@2.1mph
6.2ft
10:00pm
2.1ft272°@6sec
1.9ft195°@13sec
175°@2.5mph
6.8ft
11:00pm
2.0ft274°@6sec
1.9ft195°@13sec
207°@0.7mph
6.7ft

Tuesday, July 23rd View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
2.0ft255°@7sec
1.9ft216°@12sec
111°@1.3mph
5.9ft
1:00am
2.0ft236°@8sec
1.8ft236°@11sec
84°@1.8mph
4.5ft
2:00am
1.9ft218°@9sec
1.8ft257°@10sec
77°@2.4mph
2.9ft
3:00am
1.9ft210°@11sec
1.8ft265°@9sec
73°@2.4mph
1.3ft
4:00am
1.9ft202°@12sec
1.8ft273°@8sec
69°@2.3mph
0.0ft
5:00am
1.9ft194°@13sec
1.7ft281°@7sec
64°@2.2mph
-0.6ft
6:00am
1.9ft203°@12sec
1.7ft270°@7sec
45°@2.0mph
-0.6ft
7:00am
1.9ft212°@12sec
1.7ft260°@8sec
@1.8mph
0.1ft
8:00am
1.9ft221°@11sec
1.7ft249°@8sec
325°@1.5mph
1.3ft
9:00am
1.9ft221°@11sec
1.6ft240°@10sec
260°@3.1mph
2.5ft
10:00am
1.8ft221°@11sec
1.6ft230°@11sec
241°@4.8mph
3.6ft
11:00am
1.7ft222°@11sec
1.5ft221°@13sec
234°@6.4mph
4.3ft
12:00pm
1.7ft221°@11sec
1.5ft221°@13sec
234°@7.3mph
4.5ft
1:00pm
1.7ft221°@11sec
1.6ft221°@13sec
235°@8.2mph
4.1ft
2:00pm
1.7ft221°@11sec
1.6ft220°@13sec
235°@9.2mph
3.3ft
3:00pm
1.7ft229°@10sec
1.6ft211°@13sec
239°@8.8mph
2.6ft
4:00pm
1.7ft237°@9sec
1.6ft202°@14sec
243°@8.5mph
2.0ft
5:00pm
1.7ft245°@9sec
1.6ft193°@14sec
248°@8.2mph
1.8ft
6:00pm
1.7ft228°@10sec
1.6ft204°@14sec
255°@7.1mph
2.1ft
7:00pm
1.7ft210°@11sec
1.7ft216°@14sec
266°@6.0mph
2.9ft
8:00pm
1.7ft192°@12sec
1.7ft227°@14sec
281°@4.9mph
4.0ft
9:00pm
1.8ft200°@11sec
1.7ft215°@14sec
284°@4.6mph
5.2ft
10:00pm
1.8ft209°@11sec
1.7ft204°@14sec
288°@4.2mph
6.0ft
11:00pm
1.8ft218°@10sec
1.7ft193°@13sec
293°@3.8mph
6.4ft

Wednesday, July 24th View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
1.9ft218°@11sec
1.7ft194°@13sec
295°@3.8mph
6.1ft
1:00am
1.9ft219°@11sec
1.7ft194°@14sec
296°@3.9mph
5.3ft
2:00am
1.9ft219°@11sec
1.6ft195°@14sec
298°@3.9mph
3.9ft
3:00am
1.9ft211°@13sec
1.6ft210°@11sec
295°@3.0mph
2.4ft
4:00am
1.9ft204°@15sec
1.6ft225°@9sec
290°@2.0mph
1.0ft
5:00am
1.9ft196°@16sec
1.5ft241°@6sec
276°@1.1mph
0.0ft
6:00am
1.9ft196°@17sec
1.5ft241°@7sec
275°@1.5mph
-0.4ft
7:00am
1.9ft195°@17sec
1.5ft242°@7sec
275°@2.0mph
-0.1ft
8:00am
1.9ft195°@17sec
1.4ft242°@7sec
275°@2.5mph
0.8ft
9:00am
1.9ft195°@17sec
1.4ft235°@8sec
267°@4.7mph
2.0ft
10:00am
2.0ft195°@16sec
1.3ft228°@9sec
264°@6.9mph
3.2ft
11:00am
2.0ft195°@16sec
1.3ft221°@10sec
262°@9.1mph
4.1ft
12:00pm
2.0ft196°@16sec
1.3ft220°@10sec
264°@9.7mph
4.6ft
1:00pm
2.0ft196°@16sec
1.3ft219°@10sec
266°@10.3mph
4.6ft
2:00pm
2.0ft196°@16sec
1.3ft219°@10sec
268°@10.9mph
4.1ft
3:00pm
2.0ft196°@16sec
1.3ft210°@10sec
272°@11.1mph
3.3ft
4:00pm
2.0ft196°@16sec
1.3ft201°@11sec
276°@11.4mph
2.5ft
5:00pm
2.0ft196°@16sec
1.3ft192°@11sec
280°@11.6mph
1.9ft
6:00pm
2.1ft195°@15sec
1.5ft214°@9sec
280°@9.2mph
1.7ft
7:00pm
2.2ft195°@15sec
1.6ft236°@7sec
280°@6.8mph
2.1ft
8:00pm
2.3ft194°@14sec
1.8ft258°@4sec
280°@4.3mph
2.8ft
9:00pm
2.3ft194°@14sec
1.8ft258°@4sec
276°@3.3mph
3.8ft
10:00pm
2.3ft194°@14sec
1.8ft258°@4sec
249°@2.3mph
4.8ft
11:00pm
2.3ft194°@14sec
1.8ft258°@5sec
127°@1.3mph
5.5ft

Thursday, July 25th View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
2.3ft193°@14sec
1.7ft258°@5sec
143°@1.5mph
5.8ft
1:00am
2.3ft193°@14sec
1.7ft258°@5sec
156°@1.7mph
5.4ft
2:00am
2.3ft193°@14sec
1.7ft258°@5sec
166°@1.9mph
4.6ft
3:00am
2.3ft193°@14sec
1.7ft261°@5sec
172°@1.7mph
3.4ft
4:00am
2.3ft193°@14sec
1.7ft264°@5sec
180°@1.6mph
2.1ft
5:00am
2.3ft193°@14sec
1.7ft266°@5sec
190°@1.5mph
1.0ft
6:00am
2.3ft193°@14sec
1.7ft267°@5sec
179°@1.8mph
0.3ft
7:00am
2.2ft193°@14sec
1.7ft267°@5sec
171°@2.2mph
0.2ft
8:00am
2.1ft192°@13sec
1.7ft268°@5sec
166°@2.5mph
0.7ft
9:00am
2.1ft192°@13sec
1.6ft269°@5sec
184°@4.0mph
1.6ft
10:00am
2.1ft192°@13sec
1.6ft269°@5sec
192°@5.5mph
2.7ft
11:00am
2.1ft192°@13sec
1.6ft270°@5sec
197°@6.9mph
3.8ft
12:00pm
2.1ft192°@13sec
1.5ft269°@5sec
206°@7.1mph
4.6ft
1:00pm
2.1ft191°@13sec
1.5ft269°@5sec
215°@7.3mph
4.9ft
2:00pm
2.1ft191°@13sec
1.5ft269°@5sec
223°@7.5mph
4.7ft
3:00pm
2.1ft191°@13sec
1.5ft267°@5sec
235°@7.4mph
4.1ft
4:00pm
2.1ft190°@13sec
1.6ft265°@5sec
249°@7.3mph
3.3ft
5:00pm
2.1ft190°@13sec
1.6ft262°@5sec
262°@7.2mph
2.5ft
6:00pm
2.1ft190°@13sec
1.7ft262°@5sec
262°@5.9mph
1.9ft
7:00pm
2.1ft189°@13sec
1.8ft262°@5sec
263°@4.5mph
1.7ft
8:00pm
2.1ft189°@13sec
1.9ft261°@5sec
264°@3.2mph
2.0ft
9:00pm
2.1ft213°@10sec
1.8ft238°@7sec
242°@3.0mph
2.6ft
10:00pm
2.1ft238°@8sec
1.8ft214°@10sec
207°@2.9mph
3.4ft
11:00pm
2.2ft262°@5sec
1.8ft190°@13sec
178°@2.7mph
4.2ft

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Surf guide


Doheny State Beach, located in Dana Point, California, stands out as a legendary longboarding spot with its gentle, rolling waves and scenic backdrop. Rich in surfing history and graced by many surfing legends over the decades, Doheny offers a beginner-friendly environment alongside its iconic status. This guide dives into the specifics of Doheny, highlighting the best conditions for a memorable surf and the expected crowd dynamics.

Surf Spots:

Boneyard: Positioned at the north end of Doheny, Boneyard is a reef break that offers more challenging waves compared to other sections of the beach. While it’s not as beginner-friendly, intermediate and advanced surfers can find some faster, steeper waves here, especially on bigger swell days.

Second Spot: This area, as the name suggests, lies just south of Boneyard. It’s a mellower wave suitable for beginners and longboarders, offering a more forgiving ride compared to Boneyard.

River Mouth: Located at the southernmost end where San Juan Creek meets the ocean, River Mouth can produce excellent waves, particularly after rains when the creek flows more robustly. This sandbar break can have some punch, especially with a decent swell, and offers both lefts and rights.

Season and Conditions:

Season: The summer months (June through August) are often the best for Doheny due to the south swells that bring the breaks to life.

Tide: A mid to high tide generally works best, enhancing the shape and length of the waves, especially at Second Spot and River Mouth.

Wind: Early mornings with light offshore winds are usually optimal, providing smooth, glassy conditions.

Swell Direction: South to southwest swells are favored

Crowd Dynamics:

Given its variety of breaks, Doheny State Beach attracts a diverse group of surfers—from novices to seasoned longboarders and shortboarders. It can get crowded, especially during weekends and prime summer days. However, the extensive lineup and different breaks usually allow for surfers to spread out. Regardless, maintaining respect and proper surf etiquette is always essential.

Summary:

Doheny State Beach, with its storied past and mellow waves, remains a staple in the Southern Californian surf scene. Whether you’re new to surfing or an experienced longboarder seeking that classic glide, Doheny offers a slice of surfing nostalgia combined with the beauty of Dana Point. Knowledge of the ideal conditions and expected crowd can enhance your surfing expedition, making every wave a tribute to the rich heritage of this iconic beach.

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