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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 clean conditions at El Capitan (calm at Goleta 10 km from El Capitan). no significant swell
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Clean
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El Capitan Surf Forecast / CAL – Santa Barbara / USA

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 10 am Wednesday 19 Sep 2018 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 19.3 °C (Statistics for 19 Sep 1981-2005 - mean: 17.3 max: 19.3 min: 16.2 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.7
WNW
1.7
WNW
2.2
NW
1.3
WNW
1.1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
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0.7
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0.4
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0.4
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0.7
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0.3
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0.6
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1.1
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0.8
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1.3
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1.3
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0.7
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1.1
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0.9
NW
0.8
NW
0.7
NW
Period(s) (?)8899981110101077149989999101012
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)38140070322819010818313310423204630581729228425775168150133147
Wind
(km/h)
10
W
20
WNW
5
NE
10
SSW
10
SW
5
ESE
10
SSE
5
SSW
5
NNE
5
SW
10
W
10
N
10
WSW
15
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10
N
5
S
10
W
10
N
5
SSW
10
W
5
N
5
SW
15
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Wind State(?)crosscross-
off
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off
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crossononglasscross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)
8:10AM
1.53
6:49PM
1.81

8:36AM
1.59
7:33PM
1.87

8:59AM
1.64

8:11PM
1.92
9:22AM
1.69

8:48PM
1.95
9:44AM
1.75

9:24PM
1.95
10:08AM
1.80

10:00PM
1.91
10:32AM
1.84

10:38PM
1.83
10:57AM
1.88

Low Tide
/ height (m)
1:00PM
1.16

1:57AM
0.46
1:41PM
1.07

2:29AM
0.42

2:16PM
0.98
2:58AM
0.40

2:49PM
0.88
3:26AM
0.41

3:23PM
0.79
3:53AM
0.45

3:58PM
0.71
4:19AM
0.52

4:34PM
0.65
4:45AM
0.61


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
2629242829242627232930253233273233273031263132
Low °C
2028232328212126222329252631272831262630252630
Chill °C (?)
2629242829242627232930253233273233273031263132
Sunrise
6:46--6:46--6:47--6:48--6:48--6:48--6:50--6:50-
Sunset
-7:00--6:59--6:57--6:55--6:53--6:52--6:52--6:50
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very warm air temperatures (max 30°C on Sat afternoon, min 20°C on Wed morning). Wind will be generally light.Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Very warm air temperatures (max 33°C on Sun afternoon, min 25°C on Sat 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.