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Santa Barbara Surf

Detailed Santa Barbara surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in Santa Barbara. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in Santa Barbara. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Santa Barbara over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Santa Barbara and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Santa Barbara Surf Forecast

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Santa Barbara Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the Santa Barbara Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Santa Barbara coastline are also listed below.

Santa Barbara Photos

Santa Barbara Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Santa Barbara
Campus pointDriftwoodsCampus pointCampus pointDriftwoodsCampus pointJalamaDepressionsRincon pointRincon pointRincon pointOceanoJalamaBeavers hazardsEl capitanHobson sDepressionsPismo beach pier
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.9

S
0.8

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.6

S
0.6

S
1.3

NW
0.8

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.4

SW
0.3

SW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.3

WNW
Period(s) (?)14141414131388111010121111106610
Energy(?)320242183181130126232901128171231099997101145339
Wind
(km/h)
0 NNW0
10 SW10
15 WSW15
5 NNW5
10 SW10
10 WSW10
15 NNW15
10 SSW10
10 SW10
5 WNW5
10 SW10
15 WNW15
20 NNW20
10 W10
20 WNW20
5 W5
15 W15
15 WNW15
Wind State(?)glassoncross-
off
glassoncross-
off
cross-
off
ononglassononcross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)

6:43AM
1.34
5:39PM
1.86

7:53AM
1.40
6:32PM
1.90

8:38AM
1.46
7:17PM
1.95

9:11AM
1.51
7:57PM
2.00

9:39AM
1.55

8:34PM
2.05
10:04AM
1.58

Low Tide
/ height (m)
12:11AM
0.64
11:04AM
1.12

1:11AM
0.55
12:13PM
1.15

1:57AM
0.46
1:08PM
1.13

2:35AM
0.39
1:51PM
1.09

3:06AM
0.34

2:27PM
1.04
3:38AM
0.30

3:03PM
0.98
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clear
clear
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Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
252931282827162527252722152728242721
Low °C
252629262626152327242520142126242320
Chill °C (?)
252931282827152527252722142728242721
Sunrise
-6:22--6:24--6:24--6:24--6:26--6:26-
Sunset
--7:40--7:39--7:37--7:42--7:37--7:38
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.9

S
0.8

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.6

S
0.6

S
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.4

S
0.4

S
0.3

SW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
Period (s)1414141413138812121012111110121212
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.6

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.5

NW
0.4

WNW
0.4

NW
0.4

NW
0.3

SSW
0.5

S
0.2

SSW
0.4

SW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.2

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.2

S
0.3

WNW
0.3

S
0.2

S
Period (s)10412111110131311101212141611111414
Wind waves (m) & direction
0.7

WNW

-
0.9

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.3

NW

-
0.4

W
0.5

W
0.5

W
0.8

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.7

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.3

WNW
Period (s)4-45888-44544446610


Santa Barbara Surf Breaks

beach and reef
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beach and reef
beach
reef and point
point
point
reef and point
point
beach and reef
reef
beach
beach and reef
beach
reef
point
sandbar
reef
point
beach and reef
beach
beach and reef
beach and point
beach and reef
beach and reef
beach/Breakwater
beach
beach
reef
beach and reef
beach
beach and reef
reef
beach and reef
beach and reef
reef

Santa Barbara is a south facing coastline and is best surfed in the winter and the fall. SW and W swells work best but large parts are blocked by 4 channel islands that sit just off the coast. Fantastic area to explore with plenty of facilities and parking at most of the popular breaks. The whole of the area can get very crowded and locals tend to like to keep thing to themselves so respect local etiquette. There are a mixture of sand and reef breaks. Early morning sessions are always scored best.