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Tarantulas ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.1

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Tarantulas Spot ID

Tarantulas photo


Photo credit: M. M. Cooper

Tarantulas photo


Photo credit: andrew frey

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.0 °C

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 08:00 Local time
Tuesday 28
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 0
S 10
WSW 15
W 20
Wind State glass cross-

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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.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Cojo, 8 km from Tarantulas.

IS AT (local time)

Tarantulas Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At BUOY-PTGC1, 16 km from Tarantulas.


Air temperature
14.0 °C

Current weather near Tarantulas

Buoy Data:

At Santa Barbara Buoy, 16 miles from Tarantulas.

  2AM 3AM 4AM 5AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 2.8
Dominant period (s) 9 9 9 8

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Overall Tarantulas Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in June

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Tarantulas Location Maps

Tarantulas Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Tarantulas:

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Wave buoys nearest to Tarantulas:

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
    16 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Cuyler Harbor, San Miguel Island
    32 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Isla Vista
    37 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Tarantulas:

  • Closest ski area
    Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows
    138 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Mountain High resort
    161 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Mt Baldy
    161 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Sunrise Ski Area
    161 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Snow Valley
    199 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Tarantulas:

  • Closest city location
    10 mi
  • Second closest city location
    25 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Santa Maria
    32 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    39 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Santa Barbara
    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.
Tarantulas break location map and break info

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