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Campus Point water temperature
Campus Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 2.6
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.3
Crowds: 2.6

Overall: 2.8

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Campus Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Santa Barbara, USA)

Today's Campus Point sea temperature is 18.9 °C.

Statistics for 20 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 16.8 °C, range: 15.3 °C to 18.3 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 22 °C once we account for wind), yet at 18 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Campus Point. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

United States Sea Water Temperature

Map of current United States
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
United States Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current United States
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Campus Point. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Campus Point Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Campus Point water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 5th of September and are at their minimum on about the 26th of March, in the range 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F). The warmest seasonal water temperatures at Campus Point at the beginning of September lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum water temperatures at Campus Point in the fourth week of March are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Campus Point 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 Campus Point. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.