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Sandspit ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.6

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Sandspit Spot ID

Sandspit photo


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Type: beach/Breakwater

Reliability: rarely breaks

Best: Swell W | Wind N

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.4 °C

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 05:03 Local time
Tuesday 17
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 12 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 10
Wind State glass glass cross-

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Sandspit in Santa Barbara is a sheltered beach/Breakwater break. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks peel to the right. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Beware of rips, man-made danger (buoys etc...) and pollution.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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Sandspit Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At BUOY-NTBC1, 0 km from Sandspit.

light winds from the SW

Air temperature
17.2 °C

Current weather near Sandspit

Overall Sandspit Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Sandspit Location Maps

Sandspit Location Map

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Town and city forecasts close to Sandspit:


  • The closest passenger airport to Sandspit is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD) in USA, 61 km (38 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Sandspit is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG), also in USA, 89 km (55 miles) away.
  • Third is Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA, 124 km (77 miles) away.
  • Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA is 127 km (79 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Sandspit and is 129 km (80 miles) away.
Sandspit break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Sandspit, CAL - Santa Barbara. Use the tab navigation above to view Sandspit sea temperature, Sandspit photographs, Sandspit detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Sandspit webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Barbara live weather stations and Sandspit 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 Sandspit.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.