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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 Surf Forecast / CAL – Santa Barbara / USA

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 9 pm Tuesday 20 Feb 2018 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 14.7 °C (Statistics for 20 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 13.7 max: 15.0 min: 12.3 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.1
NW
0.7
NW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
1.3
WNW
1.9
NW
2.5
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2.2
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1.9
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1.1
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3
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1.8
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0.8
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1.7
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1.5
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2
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0.9
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1.1
NW
Period(s) (?)1116151514791011101515881588138771514
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)999258302272621383885100383110265815191053555434364373229306243372365528
Wind
(km/h)
10
NNW
5
NW
20
WNW
10
NNW
15
WNW
30
NW
25
NW
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NNW
20
NNW
10
N
5
NW
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NW
15
NNW
5
NNE
10
WSW
10
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5
WNW
25
NW
15
NNW
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NW
15
NNW
15
NW
Wind State(?)cross-
off
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cross-
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offcross-
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offcross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)
12:53AM
1.78

1:16PM
1.40
1:43AM
1.81

2:58PM
1.29
2:49AM
1.86

4:56PM
1.30

4:01AM
1.95
6:16PM
1.39

5:07AM
2.06

7:12PM
1.51
6:08AM
2.17

7:53PM
1.62
7:04AM
2.27

8:32PM
1.72

Low Tide
/ height (m)

7:32AM
0.85
6:51PM
0.89

8:59AM
0.78

7:50PM
1.01
10:29AM
0.64

9:09PM
1.10
11:38AM
0.47

10:40PM
1.11
12:35PM
0.30

11:52PM
1.05

1:23PM
0.16
12:52AM
0.95

2:07PM
0.08
1:44AM
0.84

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
8141481312814147171610181812201912171497
Low °C
61298129511961311815141117149151087
Chill °C (?)
61312611951212517158181811201910161264
Sunrise
-6:37--6:37--6:35--6:33--6:33--6:31--6:31--6:28
Sunset
--5:49--5:50--5:51--5:52--5:52--5:52--5:53--
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Cool air temperatures (max 17°C on Sat morning, min 5°C on Thu night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the NW on Thu afternoon, calm by Sat morning).Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 20°C on Mon morning, min 7°C on Wed morning). Winds increasing (calm on Sun morning, fresh winds from the NW by Tue afternoon).

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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.