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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
SealsCampus pointBeavers hazardsCampus pointTajuigas ranchJalamaCampus pointRincon pointBeavers hazardsCampus pointTajuigas ranchCampus pointMondosSewersRincon pointCampus pointCampus pointBeavers hazards
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.7

WNW
2.4

NW
2.1

WNW
2.2

WNW
2.3

NW
1.1

WNW
2.1

WNW
2.4

NW
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
2.3

NW
2.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
3.0

NW
2.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.5

NW
Period(s) (?)14791010151581515877912121213
Energy(?)10485057719511047581201672940534456541759613732013218014112474
Wind
(km/h)
25 WNW25
25 NW25
15 NNW15
20 NW20
10 N10
20 NNW20
25 WNW25
10 N10
5 S5
20 W20
10 NNW10
20 WNW20
35 W35
10 N10
5 WNW5
25 NW25
15 NNW15
15 NW15
Wind State(?)cross-
off
offcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offcross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glassoffoffcross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

2:48AM
1.86

4:53PM
1.30
3:59AM
1.95

6:16PM
1.40

5:17AM
0.85

7:11PM
1.51
6:20AM
2.19

8:10PM
1.65
7:02AM
2.27

8:31PM
1.72
7:52AM
2.32
Low Tide
/ height (m)

7:47PM
1.01
10:26AM
0.17

9:09PM
1.10
11:37AM
0.47

10:40PM
1.11
12:37PM
-0.93

11:52PM
1.04

1:23PM
0.16
1:09AM
0.99

2:12PM
0.08
1:44AM
0.83

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Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
139141471317121717111515814151017
Low °C
961010610121115149141161211914
Chill °C (?)
11612125101611171610131351313816
Sunrise
--6:35--6:35--6:33--6:31--6:28--6:30
Sunset
5:50--5:50--5:51--5:52--5:51--5:53--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.4

SSW
0.4

WNW
2.1

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.4

NW
1.1

WNW
0.3

S
1.4

WNW
1.1

NW
0.9

WNW
1.4

NW
0.8

WNW
0.3

S
2.2

NW
1.5

WNW
0.3

S
0.6

NW
1.4

WNW
Period (s)162091710151478158141491213149
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.2

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.8

WNW
0.3

SSW
1.0

WNW
1.0

NW
0.2

S
0.6

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.3

S
0.9

WNW
0.4

S
0.1

SW
0.7

WNW

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0.2

S
0.3

S
0.9

NW
Period (s)221618151691715151514141813-141311
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.7

WNW
2.4

NW

-
2.2

WNW
2.3

NW

-
2.1

WNW
2.4

NW

-
0.9

WNW
2.3

NW
2.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
3.0

NW
2.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.5

NW
Period (s)147-1010-158-8877912121213


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.