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El Capitan ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.8
Difficulty Level: 4.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.4

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El Capitan Spot ID

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Type: reef and point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell W | Wind N

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.1 °C

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 10:25 Local time
Wednesday 20
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 14 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 15
NNW 20
NW 25
NW 30
Wind State cross-

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El Capitan in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed reef and point break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. Often Crowded. Rocks are a hazard.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Beavers, 4 km from El Capitan.

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El Capitan Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Vereda Leyenda Galeria Goleta wx, 10 km from El Capitan.

wind obs. (6.4 kph from 76 degs) was rejected

Air temperature
11.5 °C

Current weather near El Capitan

Overall El Capitan Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February

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  • The closest passenger airport to El Capitan is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 59 km (37 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to El Capitan is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 91 km (57 miles) away.
  • Third is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA, 140 km (87 miles) away.
  • Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA is 155 km (96 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to El Capitan and is 159 km (99 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for El Capitan, CAL - Santa Barbara. Use the tab navigation above to view El Capitan sea temperature, El Capitan photographs, El Capitan detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, El Capitan webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Barbara live weather stations and El Capitan tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around El Capitan.