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

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Refugio State Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Santa Barbara, USA)

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Refugio State Beach Spot ID:

Type: beach and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind NNE

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.0 °C

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Monday, 30 March 2015, 15:59 Local time

Monday 30
2PM 5PM 8PM 11PM
Wave (m) 2.2
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 20
W 20
WNW 20
NW 20
Wind State cross-
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Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara is a reasonably exposed beach and point break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the west. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Beware of rips, rocks, private, locals and sharks.

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Tide Times:

For Beavers, 2 km from Refugio State Beach.

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Live Weather:

At Gaviota, 12 km from Refugio State Beach.


Air temperature
19 °C

Current weather near Refugio State Beach

Overall Refugio State Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Refugio State Beach:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Beavers 1 mi
Second closest break Tajiguas Ranch 1 mi
Third closest break Tajiguas 2 mi
Fourth closest break El Capitan 3 mi
Fifth closest break ED's 5 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Refugio State Beach:

Closest wave buoy East Santa Barbara Buoy 20 mi
Second closest wave buoy Santa Barbara Buoy 25 mi
Third closest wave buoy Santa Maria Buoy 53 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy PT Arguello Buoy 53 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy South Santa Rosa Island Buoy 55 mi

Tide stations nearest to Refugio State Beach:

Closest tide station Gaviota 8 mi
Second closest tide station Isla Vista 13 mi
Third closest tide station Goleta 14 mi
Fourth closest tide station Santa Barbara 23 mi
Fifth closest tide station Montecito 25 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Refugio State Beach:

Closest ski area Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows (United States) 122 mi
Second closest ski area Mountain High resort (United States) 137 mi
Third closest ski area Mt Baldy (United States) 137 mi
Fourth closest ski area Sunrise Ski Area (United States) 137 mi
Fifth closest ski area Snow Valley (United States) 175 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Refugio State Beach:

Closest city location Goleta (United States) 14 mi
Second closest city location Santa Barbara (United States) 21 mi
Third closest city location Lompoc (United States) 25 mi
Fourth closest city location Orcutt (United States) 35 mi
Fifth closest city location Santa Maria (United States) 40 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Refugio State Beach is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 55 km (34 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Refugio State Beach is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 96 km (60 miles) away.
  • Third is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA, 143 km (89 miles) away.
  • Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA is 161 km (100 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Refugio State Beach and is 164 km (102 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Refugio State Beach, CAL - Santa Barbara. Use the tab navigation above to view Refugio State Beach sea temperature, Refugio State Beach photographs, Refugio State Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Refugio State Beach webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Barbara live weather stations and Refugio State Beach 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 Refugio State Beach.


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