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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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Actual: 31 min ago

Calm
1.6 km/h
NW
Glassy
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El Capitan Surf Forecast / CAL – Santa Barbara / USA

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 4 pm Sunday 28 May 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 14.7 °C (Statistics for 28 May 1981-2005 - mean: 14.4 max: 16.7 min: 12.5 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)

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Period(s) (?)12778888887767878888991010
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
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Energy(?)66189289393647715699733425452383193261326310480864477432419508541501
Wind
(km/h)
20 W20
15 NNW15
15 W15
20 WNW20
10 NNW10
10 WSW10
20 WNW20
10 NNW10
5 W5
30 WNW30
10 NW10
10 W10
30 WNW30
10 NNW10
10 WSW10
20 WNW20
5 NNW5
10 SSW10
15 W15
5 SE5
10 SSW10
10 SW10
5 NW5
Wind State(?)crosscross-
off
crosscross-
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cross-
off
cross-
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crosscross-
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crosscross-
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cross-
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crosscross-
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offcross-
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off
cross-
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oncrosscross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)

12:18AM
2.19

2:36PM
1.63
1:16AM
2.01

3:44PM
1.66
2:23AM
1.82

4:47PM
1.73
3:43AM
1.66

5:41PM
1.80

5:06AM
1.56
6:25PM
1.87

6:23AM
1.50
7:03PM
1.94

7:27AM
1.49


Low Tide
/ height (m)
6:10PM
1.09

7:41AM
0.11
7:20PM
1.16

8:40AM
0.23

8:46PM
1.18
9:40AM
0.36

10:20PM
1.13
10:39AM
0.48

11:43PM
1.01
11:33AM
0.59

12:51AM
0.86
12:19PM
0.69

1:41AM
0.71
1:01PM
0.78


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 (?)
2319252621252723232720252620262722252725242522
Sunrise
--5:48--5:48--5:48--5:48--5:48--5:48--5:48--
Sunset
8:04--8:05--8:06--8:06--8:07--8:07--8:07--8:08-
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 27°C on Tue afternoon, min 17°C on Sun night). Mainly fresh winds.Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 27°C on Fri afternoon, min 18°C on Thu night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the WNW on Thu afternoon, calm by Fri night).

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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.