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Tarpits ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Tarpits Spot ID

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.6 °C

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 05:02 Local time
Tuesday 19
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 7 6 6 15
Wind (km/h) 10
N 5
S 10
SW 10
Wind State cross-
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Tarpits in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for locals and pollution.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Carpinteria, 1 km from Tarpits.

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Tarpits Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Marsh Carpinteria wx, 2 km from Tarpits.


Air temperature
2.1 °C

Current weather near Tarpits

Buoy Data:

At Anacapa Passage, CA, 16 miles from Tarpits.

  12AM 1AM 2AM 3AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.1
Dominant period (s) 10 10 9 9

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Overall Tarpits Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February

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  • The closest passenger airport to Tarpits is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD) in USA, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Tarpits is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG), also in USA, 104 km (65 miles) away.
  • Third is Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA, 108 km (67 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in USA is 113 km (70 miles) away.
  • Jack Northrop Fld Hawthorne Muni Airport (HHR), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Tarpits and is 120 km (75 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Tarpits, CAL - Santa Barbara. Use the tab navigation above to view Tarpits sea temperature, Tarpits photographs, Tarpits detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Tarpits webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Barbara live weather stations and Tarpits 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 Tarpits.