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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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  1. weather stationWind Update Cross-off wind 1 km from El Capitan has become light (light winds from the NNW at El Capitan State Beach Goleta wx). Waves should be turning glassy at El Capitan. no significant swell
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Actual: 25 min ago

Light
9.7 km/h
NNW
Glassy
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El Capitan Surf Forecast / CAL – Santa Barbara / USA

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 10 am Thursday 19 Oct 2017 PDT

El Capitan surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.

Today's El Capitan sea temperature is 18.9 °C (Statistics for 19 Oct 1981-2005 - mean: 16.7 max: 18.2 min: 15.3 °C)

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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)

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Period(s) (?)1110201817161515141313131212181716151413131010
Surfscale.metric
Wave
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Energy(?)2632123715551689211270534740892576183818851799136311177941178233017161014721680416459
Wind
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20 NW20
25 NW25
15 NNW15
25 NW25
30 NW30
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5 NNW5
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0 NNE0
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5 SW5
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5 SSE5
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Wind State(?)cross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)
9:50AM
2.04

10:29PM
1.76
10:17AM
2.04

11:11PM
1.67
10:44AM
2.02

11:58PM
1.58
11:15AM
1.97

12:49AM
1.49
11:44AM
1.90

1:53AM
1.41
12:17PM
1.81

3:16AM
1.37
12:58PM
1.72


5:09AM 1:57PM
1.40 1.63

Low Tide
/ height (m)

4:20PM
0.42
4:09AM
0.74

4:57PM
0.40
4:38AM
0.85

5:36PM
0.40

5:05AM
0.97
6:18PM
0.44

5:35AM
1.09
7:05PM
0.51

6:05AM
1.20
8:00PM
0.57

6:41AM
1.29

9:04PM
0.62
8:02AM
1.36

Note: the tide data above is for Beavers which is 4 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for El Capitan.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph

Offshore winds at El Capitan blow from the N.
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
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Low °C
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Chill °C (?)
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Sunrise
7:09--7:09--7:09--7:11--7:11--7:13--7:13--7:15-
Sunset
-6:20--6:19--6:16--6:15--6:15--6:14--6:13--6:12
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very warm air temperatures (max 31°C on Sun afternoon, min 14°C on Fri night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the NW on Fri afternoon, calm by Sun morning).Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Very warm air temperatures (max 35°C on Mon afternoon, min 23°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the El Capitan Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for El Capitan provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at El Capitan can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our El Capitan surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (El Capitan) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for El Capitan may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

El Capitan is 16 km (10 miles) from Isla Vista. If you plan a vacation in Santa Barbara, look for hotels and other accommodation in Isla Vista. Isla Vista has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.