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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
Beavers hazardsDriftwoodsBeavers hazardsJalamaMain streetOceanoJalamaCampus pointCampus pointBeavers hazardsEl capitanEl capitanCojoDriftwoodsPismo beach pierOceanoDriftwoodsPismo beach pier
Rating5
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.3

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.2

WNW
2.5

WNW
3.5

NW
3.5

NW
3.5

NW
1.8

WNW
1.7

NW
1.7

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.6

WNW
Period(s) (?)141413121818171011141414141312121211
Energy(?)20891240987534623596530715108223924912541743321169907782527592
Wind
(km/h)
10 NNW10
0 WNW0
10 W10
10 N10
5 SE5
10 W10
5 WSW5
20 NW20
30 WNW30
15 NNW15
15 NNW15
15 NW15
25 NNW25
5 NNW5
15 N15
15 NNE15
5 ENE5
10 N10
Wind State(?)cross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
off
glassonglassoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offglasscross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
1:59AM
1.66

1:11PM
1.44
2:48AM
1.74

2:46PM
1.31
3:38AM
1.85

4:42PM
1.28

4:39AM
1.98
6:10PM
1.34

5:41AM
2.15

7:32PM
1.46
6:23AM
2.27

Low Tide
/ height (m)

8:01AM
1.09

7:39PM
0.76
9:33AM
0.97

8:27PM
0.86
10:56AM
0.78

9:35PM
0.95
12:04PM
0.55

10:57PM
1.02


12:05AM
1.03

1:45PM
0.14
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudssome clouds
Rain (mm)
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High °C
132019141615131615101818112219132523
Low °C
12181613151312151291313101915122317
Chill °C (?)
1220191416151314138181882219122523
Sunrise
-7:01--7:05--7:01--7:01--7:00--6:58-
Sunset
--5:21--5:22--5:22--5:23--5:25--5:27
Swell1 (m) & direction
2.3

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.3

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.3

WNW
1.8

WNW

-
1.7

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.6

WNW
Period (s)1414131211121116151414141413-121211
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.1

SW
0.2

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.6

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.1

S
0.1

SW
0.1

S
0.1

S
0.1

SW
0.2

S
0.1

SW
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.4

NW
Period (s)152221201818171418191616181517141619
Wind waves (m) & direction
-

-

-

-

-

-
1.3

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.2

WNW

-
3.5

NW
3.5

NW
3.5

NW

-
1.7

NW

-

-

-
Period (s)------121011-141414-12---


Santa Barbara Surf Breaks

beach and reef
point
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.

TSUNAMI WARNING:

 23rd Jan 2018 09:31:41 AM UTC: FOLLOWING ALASKA MAGNITUDE 8.2 EQ.
View U.S. Tsunami Warning Center for the latest information updates.
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