Summer are the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Rarely crowded here. Hazards include rips and rocks.
For the opportunistic surfer looking for waves 12 months a year, Del Mar is a great destination.
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Del Mar Beach can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Del Mar Beach. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.