Seal Beach


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Surf forecast


Sunday, July 21st View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
1.5ft200°@12sec
1.1ft252°@7sec
199°@5.8mph
5.3ft
1:00am
1.6ft200°@13sec
1.1ft252°@7sec
203°@4.1mph
4.3ft
2:00am
1.6ft200°@13sec
1.1ft252°@7sec
228°@0.9mph
2.9ft
3:00am
1.6ft200°@13sec
1.1ft252°@7sec
50°@1.7mph
1.6ft
4:00am
1.6ft200°@13sec
1.1ft253°@8sec
84°@1.6mph
0.5ft
5:00am
1.6ft200°@13sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
72°@2.0mph
-0.1ft
6:00am
1.6ft200°@13sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
102°@2.8mph
-0.1ft
7:00am
1.6ft199°@13sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
116°@2.8mph
0.4ft
8:00am
1.6ft199°@13sec
1.1ft255°@8sec
113°@1.0mph
1.2ft
9:00am
1.6ft199°@13sec
1.1ft256°@8sec
164°@2.8mph
2.2ft
10:00am
1.6ft199°@12sec
1.1ft257°@8sec
185°@5.0mph
3.1ft
11:00am
1.5ft199°@12sec
1.0ft258°@8sec
187°@7.4mph
3.6ft
12:00pm
1.5ft199°@12sec
1.0ft259°@8sec
191°@9.4mph
3.7ft
1:00pm
1.5ft199°@13sec
1.0ft261°@8sec
194°@10.0mph
3.4ft
2:00pm
1.5ft199°@13sec
1.0ft263°@8sec
191°@10.5mph
2.9ft
3:00pm
1.5ft199°@12sec
1.0ft263°@8sec
191°@11.6mph
2.3ft
4:00pm
1.5ft199°@12sec
0.9ft263°@8sec
201°@10.2mph
1.9ft
5:00pm
1.5ft199°@12sec
0.9ft262°@8sec
209°@9.4mph
1.8ft
6:00pm
1.5ft199°@12sec
1.0ft258°@7sec
217°@7.9mph
2.2ft
7:00pm
1.5ft199°@12sec
1.0ft254°@7sec
215°@6.2mph
3.0ft
8:00pm
1.5ft199°@12sec
1.1ft249°@7sec
208°@4.7mph
4.0ft
9:00pm
1.5ft198°@12sec
1.1ft251°@7sec
205°@2.6mph
5.0ft
10:00pm
1.5ft198°@12sec
1.1ft252°@7sec
216°@1.0mph
5.8ft
11:00pm
1.5ft198°@12sec
1.1ft253°@7sec
164°@1.1mph
6.1ft

Monday, July 22nd View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
1.5ft197°@12sec
1.1ft253°@7sec
130°@0.9mph
5.9ft
1:00am
1.6ft197°@12sec
1.1ft254°@7sec
102°@0.9mph
5.1ft
2:00am
1.6ft197°@12sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
111°@1.7mph
3.8ft
3:00am
1.6ft197°@12sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
138°@1.9mph
2.4ft
4:00am
1.6ft197°@12sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
137°@1.3mph
1.1ft
5:00am
1.6ft196°@12sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
171°@0.0mph
0.2ft
6:00am
1.6ft196°@12sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
66°@1.0mph
-0.2ft
7:00am
1.6ft196°@12sec
1.1ft253°@7sec
72°@1.5mph
0.0ft
8:00am
1.6ft196°@12sec
1.1ft253°@7sec
90°@2.4mph
0.7ft
9:00am
1.6ft196°@12sec
1.1ft254°@8sec
139°@2.4mph
1.7ft
10:00am
1.6ft196°@12sec
1.1ft255°@8sec
198°@4.7mph
2.7ft
11:00am
1.5ft195°@12sec
1.0ft257°@8sec
212°@7.9mph
3.5ft
12:00pm
1.5ft195°@12sec
1.0ft261°@8sec
214°@9.2mph
3.9ft
1:00pm
1.5ft195°@12sec
0.9ft264°@8sec
227°@10.4mph
3.8ft
2:00pm
1.4ft195°@12sec
0.9ft268°@8sec
238°@12.9mph
3.4ft
3:00pm
1.4ft195°@13sec
0.8ft267°@8sec
242°@14.2mph
2.7ft
4:00pm
1.4ft194°@13sec
0.8ft266°@7sec
243°@14.1mph
2.1ft
5:00pm
1.4ft194°@14sec
0.8ft265°@7sec
239°@13.1mph
1.7ft
6:00pm
1.4ft194°@13sec
1.0ft259°@6sec
235°@12.1mph
1.7ft
7:00pm
1.4ft194°@12sec
1.1ft253°@6sec
236°@9.7mph
2.2ft
8:00pm
1.5ft194°@11sec
1.2ft247°@6sec
230°@7.3mph
3.1ft
9:00pm
1.4ft194°@11sec
1.2ft247°@6sec
235°@6.1mph
4.1ft
10:00pm
1.4ft194°@11sec
1.2ft246°@6sec
242°@4.1mph
5.1ft
11:00pm
1.4ft194°@11sec
1.1ft246°@6sec
240°@2.7mph
5.8ft

Tuesday, July 23rd View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
1.4ft194°@11sec
1.1ft246°@6sec
249°@2.3mph
6.0ft
1:00am
1.4ft194°@11sec
1.1ft246°@7sec
263°@1.9mph
5.6ft
2:00am
1.4ft194°@11sec
1.0ft246°@7sec
283°@1.5mph
4.6ft
3:00am
1.3ft194°@11sec
1.0ft247°@7sec
290°@1.2mph
3.4ft
4:00am
1.3ft193°@11sec
1.0ft247°@7sec
358°@1.0mph
2.0ft
5:00am
1.3ft193°@11sec
1.0ft247°@7sec
81°@0.7mph
0.8ft
6:00am
1.3ft192°@11sec
1.0ft229°@10sec
52°@0.8mph
0.1ft
7:00am
1.3ft191°@11sec
1.0ft211°@13sec
23°@0.9mph
-0.1ft
8:00am
1.3ft190°@11sec
1.0ft194°@17sec
@1.0mph
0.4ft
9:00am
1.3ft190°@11sec
1.0ft193°@17sec
230°@3.7mph
1.2ft
10:00am
1.2ft190°@11sec
1.0ft193°@17sec
223°@6.5mph
2.2ft
11:00am
1.2ft189°@11sec
1.0ft193°@17sec
222°@9.3mph
3.2ft
12:00pm
1.2ft189°@11sec
1.0ft193°@17sec
229°@10.8mph
3.9ft
1:00pm
1.2ft189°@12sec
1.0ft193°@17sec
235°@12.4mph
4.1ft
2:00pm
1.1ft189°@12sec
1.0ft193°@18sec
239°@13.9mph
3.9ft
3:00pm
1.2ft189°@12sec
1.1ft193°@17sec
238°@13.3mph
3.3ft
4:00pm
1.2ft189°@13sec
1.1ft193°@17sec
237°@12.8mph
2.6ft
5:00pm
1.2ft189°@13sec
1.1ft193°@17sec
236°@12.2mph
2.0ft
6:00pm
1.2ft208°@10sec
1.1ft191°@15sec
239°@11.1mph
1.6ft
7:00pm
1.3ft227°@7sec
1.1ft190°@14sec
242°@10.1mph
1.7ft
8:00pm
1.3ft246°@4sec
1.1ft188°@13sec
247°@9.0mph
2.2ft
9:00pm
1.3ft229°@7sec
1.1ft188°@13sec
248°@7.2mph
3.1ft
10:00pm
1.3ft211°@11sec
1.1ft188°@12sec
252°@5.3mph
4.1ft
11:00pm
1.3ft193°@14sec
1.1ft188°@12sec
258°@3.4mph
5.0ft

Wednesday, July 24th View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
1.3ft193°@14sec
1.1ft188°@12sec
266°@3.0mph
5.6ft
1:00am
1.3ft193°@14sec
1.1ft187°@12sec
278°@2.5mph
5.6ft
2:00am
1.3ft193°@14sec
1.0ft187°@12sec
296°@2.0mph
5.1ft
3:00am
1.3ft193°@14sec
1.0ft189°@13sec
289°@1.9mph
4.1ft
4:00am
1.3ft193°@14sec
1.0ft190°@13sec
282°@1.8mph
2.9ft
5:00am
1.4ft193°@14sec
1.0ft192°@13sec
274°@1.7mph
1.7ft
6:00am
1.4ft193°@14sec
1.0ft192°@13sec
276°@1.9mph
0.7ft
7:00am
1.4ft193°@14sec
1.0ft192°@12sec
278°@2.2mph
0.2ft
8:00am
1.4ft193°@15sec
1.0ft192°@12sec
279°@2.4mph
0.3ft
9:00am
1.4ft193°@15sec
1.0ft191°@11sec
246°@4.7mph
0.8ft
10:00am
1.4ft193°@16sec
1.0ft191°@11sec
235°@7.0mph
1.8ft
11:00am
1.4ft193°@17sec
1.0ft191°@10sec
230°@9.4mph
2.8ft
12:00pm
1.4ft193°@16sec
0.9ft191°@11sec
236°@11.0mph
3.7ft
1:00pm
1.4ft193°@16sec
0.9ft191°@11sec
240°@12.7mph
4.3ft
2:00pm
1.3ft193°@16sec
0.9ft191°@12sec
244°@14.4mph
4.3ft
3:00pm
1.4ft194°@16sec
0.9ft190°@12sec
247°@13.8mph
4.0ft
4:00pm
1.4ft194°@16sec
0.9ft190°@12sec
250°@13.2mph
3.3ft
5:00pm
1.4ft194°@16sec
0.9ft189°@12sec
254°@12.6mph
2.6ft
6:00pm
1.5ft193°@15sec
1.0ft209°@10sec
247°@10.7mph
1.9ft
7:00pm
1.5ft193°@13sec
1.1ft229°@8sec
235°@8.9mph
1.6ft
8:00pm
1.6ft192°@12sec
1.2ft249°@6sec
217°@7.0mph
1.7ft
9:00pm
1.6ft192°@12sec
1.2ft248°@6sec
217°@6.8mph
2.2ft
10:00pm
1.6ft192°@12sec
1.2ft247°@6sec
216°@6.5mph
3.0ft
11:00pm
1.6ft192°@12sec
1.2ft246°@6sec
216°@6.2mph
3.9ft

Thursday, July 25th View hourly

Time
Primary Swell
Secondary Swell
Wind
Tide
12:00am
1.6ft191°@12sec
1.2ft246°@6sec
203°@5.2mph
4.7ft
1:00am
1.6ft191°@13sec
1.1ft246°@6sec
182°@4.2mph
5.1ft
2:00am
1.7ft190°@13sec
1.1ft246°@6sec
150°@3.3mph
5.1ft
3:00am
1.6ft190°@13sec
1.1ft246°@6sec
137°@3.2mph
4.5ft
4:00am
1.6ft190°@12sec
1.1ft247°@6sec
122°@3.2mph
3.6ft
5:00am
1.5ft190°@12sec
1.0ft247°@6sec
108°@3.1mph
2.5ft
6:00am
1.5ft190°@12sec
1.0ft247°@6sec
101°@3.1mph
1.5ft
7:00am
1.5ft189°@12sec
1.0ft248°@6sec
93°@3.1mph
0.8ft
8:00am
1.5ft189°@12sec
1.0ft248°@6sec
85°@3.0mph
0.5ft
9:00am
1.5ft189°@12sec
1.0ft229°@9sec
151°@4.7mph
0.7ft
10:00am
1.5ft189°@12sec
1.0ft210°@13sec
185°@6.3mph
1.4ft
11:00am
1.5ft189°@12sec
1.0ft191°@16sec
196°@8.0mph
2.4ft
12:00pm
1.5ft188°@12sec
1.0ft191°@16sec
209°@9.3mph
3.3ft
1:00pm
1.5ft188°@12sec
1.0ft191°@16sec
219°@10.7mph
4.1ft
2:00pm
1.5ft188°@12sec
1.0ft191°@16sec
226°@12.1mph
4.6ft
3:00pm
1.5ft187°@12sec
1.0ft191°@16sec
230°@11.9mph
4.5ft
4:00pm
1.5ft187°@12sec
1.0ft191°@16sec
234°@11.7mph
4.1ft
5:00pm
1.5ft186°@12sec
1.0ft192°@16sec
239°@11.6mph
3.4ft
6:00pm
1.5ft189°@12sec
1.0ft211°@13sec
234°@10.4mph
2.6ft
7:00pm
1.5ft191°@12sec
1.1ft230°@10sec
229°@9.3mph
2.0ft
8:00pm
1.5ft193°@12sec
1.2ft249°@6sec
222°@8.2mph
1.6ft
9:00pm
1.5ft210°@9sec
1.2ft229°@9sec
214°@6.9mph
1.7ft
10:00pm
1.5ft228°@7sec
1.2ft210°@11sec
203°@5.5mph
2.1ft
11:00pm
1.5ft246°@5sec
1.2ft190°@13sec
184°@4.2mph
2.7ft

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Surf guide


Seal Beach, perched at the northern tip of Orange County, California, is famed for its potent beach breaks and often intense shorebreak barrels. Renowned for offering a challenging surf experience, especially during bigger swells, this guide highlights the nuances of surfing at Seal Beach, from the distinct breaks to the crowd vibes.

Breaks:

South Side: The area south of the pier is where Seal Beach’s reputation for heavy shorebreak barrels truly comes into play. Especially during larger swells, this spot can produce fast, hollow, and powerful waves that break close to the shore, making it a favorite for experienced barrel hunters.

North Side: While the waves on the north side of the pier can be demanding due to the currents and river mouth proximity, they often lack the raw intensity of the south side barrels. Nevertheless, it remains a domain for seasoned surfers, especially when the swell is up.

Season and Conditions:

Season: Winter months (November to March) are the peak surf season for Seal Beach, driven by the strong northwest swells.

Tide: Low to mid-tide tends to produce the best waves, emphasizing the heavy barrels on the south side. However, due to the ever-changing sandbars, sweet spots can vary.

Wind: Early mornings, as is common in Southern California, offer the most pristine conditions with light offshore breezes cleaning up the wave faces.

Swell Direction: Northwest swells maximize Seal Beach’s potential, but west and southwest swells can also light up certain areas, especially closer to the river mouth.

Crowd Dynamics:

Given its reputation, Seal Beach draws a mix of dedicated locals and surfers keen to tackle its barrels, especially on the south side. The crowd is predominantly experienced, given the beach’s challenging nature. The vibe is generally respectful, but as with all surf spots, understanding the lineup’s hierarchy and adhering to surf etiquette is crucial.

Summary:

Seal Beach stands out in the Southern California surf scene for its intense, barreling waves, especially on the south side. Its river-influenced breaks and winter swell magnetism make it a spot for surfers seeking more than just a casual ride. Knowledge of its distinct breaks, the right conditions, and the crowd dynamic ensures a thrilling and respectful surf session in this iconic locale.

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