Tarantulas ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 2.0

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Tarantulas Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Santa Barbara, USA)

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Tarantulas Spot ID:

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.9 °C

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Saturday, 25 October 2014, 12:37 Local time

Saturday 25
2AM 5AM 8AM 11AM
Wave (m) 1.7
WNW
1.6
WNW
1.5
WNW
1.6
WNW
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 15
NW 10
NNW 10
W
Wind State cross cross cross-
off
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Tarantulas in Santa Barbara is an exposed beach and reef break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A right hand reef. Often Crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Cojo, 8 km from Tarantulas.

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Live Weather:

At BUOY-PTGC1, 16 km from Tarantulas.

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16.6 °C

Current weather near Tarantulas

Buoy Data:

At Santa Barbara Buoy, 16 miles from Tarantulas.

  6AM 7AM 8AM 9AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 1.5
1.3
1.5
1.5
Dominant period (s) 12 12 12 12

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Visitor Reviews of Tarantulas


Stanton Foster from UNITED STATES writes:

I lived here for 12 years. The left can be world class, the right longer but not as perfect compared to the left when it is at its best.

Quality on a good day: 4 - straight west 18 sec. swell, offshore, med tide.
Access: 4
Consistency: 4
Difficulty: 4
Water quality: 4-5 No creek mouth at T's, no issues other than visibility
Crowds: 3. Weekdays, dawn patrols, late pm glass offs. No crowd issues
Other options: 2
Scenery: 5
Equipment: 2 (park store has minimal board supplies
Windsurfing/Kite boarding: 5 (an international destination for experts)
Local Attitude: 4
Eating: 2 (ok breakfast & lunch grub at park store)
Regional rating: 4
Accommodations: 1 (camping only)
Drinking: 5 (park store)
Camping: 5
Onshore wind: 3 (if kelp is thick, rating higher)
Entertainment: 2

2010-08-31

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Tarantulas:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Jalama 1 mi
Second closest break Cojo 5 mi
Third closest break Government Point 5 mi
Fourth closest break Perkos 6 mi
Fifth closest break San Augustine 9 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Tarantulas:

Closest wave buoy Santa Barbara Buoy 16 mi
Second closest wave buoy PT Arguello Buoy 30 mi
Third closest wave buoy Santa Maria Buoy 32 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy East Santa Barbara Buoy 42 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy South Santa Rosa Island Buoy 60 mi

Tide stations nearest to Tarantulas:

Closest tide station Oil Platform Harvest (Topex Project) 10 mi
Second closest tide station Point Arguello 10 mi
Third closest tide station Gaviota 16 mi
Fourth closest tide station Cuyler Harbor, San Miguel Island 32 mi
Fifth closest tide station Isla Vista 37 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Tarantulas:

Closest ski area Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows (United States) 138 mi
Second closest ski area Mountain High resort (United States) 161 mi
Third closest ski area Mt Baldy (United States) 161 mi
Fourth closest ski area Sunrise Ski Area (United States) 161 mi
Fifth closest ski area Snow Valley (United States) 199 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Tarantulas:

Closest city location Lompoc (United States) 10 mi
Second closest city location Orcutt (United States) 25 mi
Third closest city location Santa Maria (United States) 32 mi
Fourth closest city location Goleta (United States) 39 mi
Fifth closest city location Santa Barbara (United States) 45 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Tarantulas is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 26 km (16 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Tarantulas is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 134 km (83 miles) away.
  • Third is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA, 167 km (104 miles) away.
  • Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA is 200 km (124 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Tarantulas and is 202 km (125 miles) away.
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