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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.

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Santa Barbara Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Santa Barbara
Rincon pointOceanoBeavers hazardsOceanoOceanoMain streetCampus pointCampus pointEl capitanCojoEl capitanBeavers hazardsBeavers hazardsEl capitanBeavers hazardsBeavers hazardsCojoJalama
Rating3
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3
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.7

SSW
1.8

NW
1.1

NW
1.6

NW
1.6

NW
1.2

NW
1.9

NW
3.0

WNW
4.5

NW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.3

NW
2.5

NW
2.4

WNW
2.2

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW
Period(s) (?)161212111020181716151514131313131213
Energy(?)27692529860452010922369458311581541743132613183822071771159713631049
Wind
(km/h)
10 SW10
15 WNW15
15 NW15
15 WNW15
15 WNW15
10 N10
25 WNW25
30 WNW30
15 NNW15
25 NNW25
10 WNW10
10 NNE10
5 WNW5
15 WNW15
10 NNE10
5 NNE5
15 WNW15
10 NNE10
Wind State(?)ononcross-
off
ononcross-
on
offoffoffoffcross-
off
offglasscross-
off
offglasscross-
off
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
9:21AM
1.72

9:44PM
1.83
10:10AM
2.05

10:29PM
1.76
10:17AM
2.04

11:11PM
1.67
11:07AM
2.03

12:22AM
1.62
11:37AM
1.98

1:14AM
1.54
12:07PM
0.70

1:46AM
1.41
Low Tide
/ height (m)

3:40PM
0.10
3:37AM
0.62

4:39PM
0.44
4:09AM
0.74

4:57PM
0.40
4:38AM
0.85
5:02AM
0.90
5:59PM
0.41

5:32AM
1.01
6:42PM
0.44

6:09AM
-0.13
7:05PM
0.51

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clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
282220212115202317192722293126323126
Low °C
261918181914182215142720212925252925
Chill °C (?)
282220212115202316182722293126323126
Sunrise
7:05--7:11--7:09--7:11--7:11--7:11--
Sunset
-6:22--6:22--6:17--6:16--6:15--6:16-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.7

SSW
0.9

SSW
1.1

NW
0.8

SSW
0.7

SSW
1.2

NW
0.4

SSW
0.3

SSW
4.0

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.3

NW
2.3

NW
2.4

WNW
2.2

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW
Period (s)161612151420141416151514131313131213
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.6

W
0.3

SSE
0.8

SSW
0.2

SSE
0.2

SSE
1.1

NW

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-
0.4

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.3

S
0.4

S
0.4

S
0.5

S
0.4

SSW
0.5

WNW
1.2

WNW
Period (s)6101591310--13131320191918152018
Wind waves (m) & direction
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1.8

NW
1.3

WNW
1.6

NW
1.6

NW
0.8

NW
1.9

NW
3.0

WNW
4.5

NW

-

-

-

-
2.5

NW

-

-

-

-
Period (s)-12611105181716----13----


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.