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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 (calm at El Capitan State Beach Goleta wx 1 km from El Capitan). 2.0m 13 s period swell from WNW
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El Capitan Surf Forecast / CAL – Santa Barbara / USA

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 3 pm Tuesday 12 Dec 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 15.6 °C (Statistics for 12 Dec 1981-2005 - mean: 14.6 max: 16.5 min: 13.3 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.9
WNW
1.9
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1.7
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1.6
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1.3
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1.3
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1.6
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1.9
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1.3
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1.9
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0.9
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0.7
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0.7
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1.2
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1.3
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1.3
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1.1
WNW
Period(s) (?)131313121216151716161515101312121111815141314
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
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Energy(?)1210110487580050181711981450253522141690970855634106433018512869584626596515
Wind
(km/h)
10
W
10
NNE
0
ESE
10
W
10
NNE
5
SSE
5
W
5
NNE
0
NW
15
WNW
15
NNW
10
NNE
10
W
5
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5
SSW
5
SSW
5
NNE
5
WSW
10
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5
NNE
0
SSE
10
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5
N
Wind State(?)crossoffglasscrosscross-
off
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High Tide
/ height (m)
6:10PM
1.47

6:18AM
2.03

7:10PM
1.48
6:49AM
2.08

7:59PM
1.49
7:18AM
2.11

8:43PM
1.51
7:48AM
2.14

9:23PM
1.52
8:17AM
2.15

10:02PM
1.52
8:48AM
2.14

10:44PM
1.51
9:20AM
2.11


Low Tide
/ height (m)

11:42PM
0.77

1:11PM
0.55
12:22AM
0.86

1:49PM
0.43
12:58AM
0.93

2:24PM
0.33
1:31AM
0.98

2:58PM
0.27
2:03AM
1.03

3:31PM
0.23
2:37AM
1.07

4:05PM
0.23
3:10AM
1.11



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
2419262319242320262318242317212016212016222017
Low °C
2018242018232019241916211816191715191615201717
Chill °C (?)
2419262319242320262318242317212016212016222017
Sunrise
--6:58--6:58--6:58--7:00--7:00--7:01--7:01--
Sunset
4:50--4:50--4:51--4:51--4:51--4:52--4:52--4:52-
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 26°C on Wed morning, min 16°C on Fri night). Wind will be generally light.Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 24°C on Sat morning, min 15°C on Sun 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.