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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

Overall: 2.9

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Isla Vista Spot ID

Isla Vista photo

Isla Vista

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 20.1 °C

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Friday, 9 October 2015, 06:57 Local time
Friday 09
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 16 19 19 19
Wind (km/h) 15
N 5
WNW 15
W 20
Wind State cross-
glass on cross-

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Isla Vista in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around low tide. Often Crowded. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Isla Vista, 1 km from Isla Vista.

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Isla Vista Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Santa Barbara Airport, 3 km from Isla Vista.

light winds from the SSE

Air temperature
18 °C

Current weather near Isla Vista

Overall Isla Vista Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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Isla Vista Location Maps

Isla Vista Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Isla Vista:

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Wave buoys nearest to Isla Vista:

Tide stations nearest to Isla Vista:

  • Closest tide station
    Isla Vista
    1 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    3 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Santa Barbara
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    14 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    20 mi
snow forecast website

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
city weather forecast website

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
    Ventura (United States)
    36 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Lompoc (United States)
    37 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Oxnard Shores (United States)
    39 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.
Isla Vista break location map and break info

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.