Isla Vista ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.0

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Isla Vista Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Santa Barbara, USA)

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Isla Vista Spot ID:

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.8 °C

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Monday, 30 March 2015, 16:00 Local time

Monday 30
2PM 5PM 8PM 11PM
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 20
W 20
WNW 20
NW 20
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

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Isla Vista in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around low tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Take care of rocks in the line up.

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Live Weather:

At Santa Barbara Airport, 3 km from Isla Vista.

light winds from the WSW

Air temperature
18 °C

Current weather near Isla Vista

Overall Isla Vista Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Isla Vista:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Depressions 1 mi
Second closest break Devereux 1 mi
Third closest break Pescaderos 1 mi
Fourth closest break Campus Point 1 mi
Fifth closest break Sand Beach 1 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Isla Vista:

Closest wave buoy East Santa Barbara Buoy 11 mi
Second closest wave buoy Santa Barbara Buoy 35 mi
Third closest wave buoy South Santa Rosa Island Buoy 54 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy Santa Maria Buoy 65 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy Santa Monica Basin Buoy 65 mi

Tide stations nearest to Isla Vista:

Closest tide station Isla Vista 1 mi
Second closest tide station Goleta 3 mi
Third closest tide station Santa Barbara 11 mi
Fourth closest tide station Montecito 14 mi
Fifth closest tide station Carpinteria 20 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Isla Vista:

Closest ski area Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows (United States) 116 mi
Second closest ski area Mt Baldy (United States) 124 mi
Third closest ski area Sunrise Ski Area (United States) 124 mi
Fourth closest ski area Mountain High resort (United States) 125 mi
Fifth closest ski area Snow Valley (United States) 162 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Isla Vista:

Closest city location Goleta (United States) 3 mi
Second closest city location Santa Barbara (United States) 9 mi
Third closest city location Santa Ana (United States) 30 mi
Fourth closest city location Ventura (United States) 36 mi
Fifth closest city location Lompoc (United States) 37 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Isla Vista is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 74 km (46 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Isla Vista is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 76 km (47 miles) away.
  • Third is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA, 136 km (84 miles) away.
  • Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA is 140 km (87 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Isla Vista and is 144 km (89 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Isla Vista, CAL - Santa Barbara. Use the tab navigation above to view Isla Vista sea temperature, Isla Vista photographs, Isla Vista detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Isla Vista webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Barbara live weather stations and Isla Vista tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Isla Vista.


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