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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
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Rating3
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.2

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.7

W
0.7

WNW
1.8

W
2.0

WNW
Period(s) (?)131212161414131312121111101010151413
Energy(?)437268174298557545390302237123716962328820913171359
Wind
(km/h)
5 N5
10 SSE10
5 WSW5
5 ENE5
5 SW5
5 WSW5
5 ENE5
5 SSE5
10 WSW10
5 NW5
10 SE10
10 SSE10
15 E15
20 ESE20
15 ESE15
5 WSW5
5 S5
15 W15
Wind State(?)glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassglassglassglasscross-
on
onglasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

6:11AM
1.73
5:29PM
1.51

6:29AM
1.82
6:22PM
1.54

6:50AM
1.92

7:29PM
1.58
7:14AM
2.02

7:58PM
1.59
7:57AM
2.13

8:51PM
1.60
8:15AM
2.21

Low Tide
/ height (m)
11:09PM
0.64
12:15PM
1.03

11:46PM
0.66
12:47PM
0.85

12:22AM
0.70

1:21PM
0.67
1:05AM
0.78

1:56PM
0.50
1:21AM
0.79

2:38PM
0.34
1:59AM
0.87

3:12PM
0.20
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
Summary
clearclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearsome cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsclearsome clouds
Rain (mm)
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High °C
171918161716162017171917171817151616
Low °C
151916151614161815151815151816141516
Chill °C (?)
171918161716162017171917161817151515
Sunrise
-6:33--6:39--6:37--6:37--6:37--6:43-
Sunset
--4:53--4:54--4:54--4:52--4:51--4:52
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.2

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.6

WSW
0.5

WNW
0.4

WSW
0.7

W
1.1

WSW
1.8

W
2.0

WNW
Period (s)131212161414131312121171061071413
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.7

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.3

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.2

S
0.4

S
0.3

WSW
0.5

WNW
0.3

SSE
0.4

WNW
0.4

SE
0.7

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
Period (s)1514141110131516161581110104151616
Wind waves (m) & direction
-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
0.7

SW
0.6

SE
0.4

SE

-

-
1.9

WNW
Period (s)------------734--14


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.