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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 Continuing glassy conditions at El Capitan (light winds from the N at Vereda Leyenda Galeria Goleta wx 10 km from El Capitan). no significant swell
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Light
6.4 km/h
N
Glassy
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El Capitan Surf Forecast / CAL – Santa Barbara / USA

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 9 am Saturday 25 Feb 2017 PST

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 14.4 °C (Statistics for 25 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 13.6 max: 15.0 min: 12.3 °C)

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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)

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Period(s) (?)15141414141716151514111413131212141413137712
Surfscale.metric
Wave
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Energy(?)716732659460290524733679559763752396313249187144211743261238178206197
Wind
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10 WNW10
20 WNW20
5 SE5
15 ESE15
5 S5
5 SSE5
0 SW0
25 WNW25
15 NW15
20 NNW20
30 NW30
10 NNE10
5 WNW5
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10 N10
0 WSW0
15 W15
10 N10
5 WSW5
15 W15
10 NW10
5 W5
15 WNW15
Wind State(?)cross-
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High Tide
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9:29PM
1.72
8:59AM
2.13

9:59PM
1.78
9:40AM
2.07

10:32PM
1.84
10:23AM
1.96

11:08PM
1.89
11:13AM
1.81

11:47PM
1.92
12:11PM
1.64

12:33AM
1.92

1:25PM
1.47
1:29AM
1.92

3:05PM
1.37
Low Tide
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3:11PM
0.25
2:53AM
0.81

3:42PM
0.28
3:35AM
0.74

4:15PM
0.34

4:21AM
0.69
4:48PM
0.45

5:11AM
0.66
5:24PM
0.58

6:10AM
0.65
6:02PM
0.74

7:20AM
0.65
6:52PM
0.90

8:44AM
0.62

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
6:33--6:31--6:31--6:30--6:28--6:26--6:26--6:24-
Sunset
-5:52--5:52--5:53--5:54--5:55--5:55--5:57--5:58
Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 7mm), mostly falling on Sat night. Cool air temperatures (max 15°C on Tue morning, min 8°C on Sat night). Winds increasing (calm on Sun night, fresh winds from the NW by Tue afternoon).Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 21°C on Thu morning, min 11°C on Tue 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.