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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 swung offshore (light winds from the NNW at El Capitan State Beach Goleta wx). 2.7m 12 s period wind swell from WNW
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Actual: 31 min ago

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14.5 km/h
NNW
Offshore
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El Capitan Surf Forecast / CAL – Santa Barbara / USA

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 4 pm Monday 24 Apr 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 16.6 °C (Statistics for 24 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 13.6 max: 15.5 min: 12.2 °C)

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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)

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Period(s) (?)121211881078891010101010109111091689
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
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Energy(?)210149714621159587688553696103119871919154617801593828784415425170225237262427
Wind
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40 NW40
25 NW25
30 NW30
40 NW40
20 NNW20
25 NW25
35 NW35
20 NW20
30 NW30
35 NW35
20 NNW20
20 NNW20
35 NW35
15 NNW15
5 WSW5
20 W20
5 NNE5
10 SSW10
20 W20
15 NNW15
10 SW10
20 W20
15 NNW15
Wind State(?)cross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)

9:03PM
2.11
9:37AM
1.83

9:39PM
2.21
10:30AM
1.80

10:17PM
2.28
11:26AM
1.74

10:57PM
2.29
12:26PM
1.66

11:42PM
2.25
1:33PM
1.58

12:33AM
2.14

2:52PM
1.55
1:34AM
2.01

4:15PM
1.57

Low Tide
/ height (m)
2:45PM
0.54
3:31AM
0.38

3:23PM
0.60
4:17AM
0.23

4:02PM
0.69

5:06AM
0.14
4:44PM
0.80

5:58AM
0.11
5:29PM
0.93

6:56AM
0.14
6:22PM
1.05

7:59AM
0.20
7:28PM
1.16

9:05AM
0.28


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
2216212318272920242620252721262725282823293024
Low °C
2013152216192616172515182516192621242722243023
Chill °C (?)
2214212317272920242620252721262725282823293024
Sunrise
--6:16--6:15--6:13--6:13--6:11--6:11--6:09--
Sunset
7:38--7:38--7:39--7:40--7:42--7:43--7:43--7:44-
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 29°C on Wed afternoon, min 13°C on Mon night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the NW on Mon afternoon, light winds from the NNW by Wed morning).Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Very warm air temperatures (max 30°C on Mon afternoon, min 16°C on Fri night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the NW on Fri afternoon, calm by Sat morning).

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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.