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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
Rincon pointRincon pointBeavers hazardsTajuigas ranchBeavers hazardsMain streetJalamaBeavers hazardsMain streetOceanoPismo beach pierMain streetRincon pointCampus pointDriftwoodsCampus pointCampus pointRincon point
Rating0
0
2
2
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2
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2
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3
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.8

WNW
0.2

SSW
1.0

NW
1.0

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.7

NW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.6

SSW
0.8

SSW
Period(s) (?)41498810910109919191817201918
Energy(?)23191451259113112813413110388143140180100194277364
Wind
(km/h)
15 SSW15
15 SW15
0 N0
5 SW5
10 WSW10
5 WNW5
10 SW10
10 SSW10
5 W5
10 WSW10
10 WSW10
5 NNW5
15 SSW15
15 WSW15
10 NW10
15 WSW15
20 W20
5 NNW5
Wind State(?)ononglasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassononglassoncross-
on
glassoncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glass
High Tide
/ height (m)

2:45PM
1.42
2:05AM
1.40

3:42PM
1.48
3:25AM
1.18

4:38PM
1.54

5:20AM
1.43
5:39PM
1.94

6:38AM
1.36
6:19PM
1.97

8:05AM
1.41
7:13PM
2.03

Low Tide
/ height (m)


8:24PM
0.61
8:48AM
0.09

9:54PM
0.56
9:42AM
0.27

11:27PM
0.81
10:54AM
0.84

12:39AM
0.67
11:36AM
0.95

1:40AM
0.54
12:43PM
1.05

2:21AM
0.44
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clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Summary
clearclearclearclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
252724282920232722262620262624282929
Low °C
232722222819212620222419252624252928
Chill °C (?)
252724282920232722262620262624282929
Sunrise
5:58--6:01--6:03--6:03--6:01--6:03--
Sunset
-8:08--8:10--8:09--8:14--8:07--8:07-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.4

W
0.3

S
0.5

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.7

NW
0.7

NW
0.4

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.8

SSW
Period (s)4115881091010999191817161918
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

S
0.2

SSW
0.4

NW
0.3

NW
0.4

NW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SSW
0.3

SW
0.4

NW
0.4

SW
0.5

S
0.5

SW
0.4

SSW
Period (s)1114910101717171616161914915201622
Wind waves (m) & direction
0.8

WNW
0.5

W
1.0

NW
1.0

NW
0.9

NW

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-

-

-

-

-

-
0.4

W
0.6

W
0.7

WNW
0.6

W
1.1

WNW
0.9

W
Period (s)44988-------944445


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.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.