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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 photo


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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.7 °C

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Friday, 14 December 2018, 05:03 Local time
Friday 14
Wave (m) 2.0
Period (s) 16 16 16 15
Wind (km/h) 15
SE 15
SSE 15
SSE 15
Wind State cross 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

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For Cojo, 8 km from Tarantulas.

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Tarantulas Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Lompoc, 16 km from Tarantulas.


Air temperature
16 °C

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Overall Tarantulas Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • 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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