Isla Vista Spot ID
Type: beach and reef
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell W | Wind NE
Sea Temperature Today is: 13.4 °C
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.
For Isla Vista, 1 km from Isla Vista.
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At Santa Barbara Airport, 3 km from Isla Vista.
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At East Santa Barbara Buoy, 11 miles from Isla Vista.
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Overall Isla Vista Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May
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- 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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