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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
OceanoPismo beach pierJalamaJalamaSewersJalamaJalamaPismo beach pierMain streetDriftwoodsCampus pointRincon pointCampus pointRincon 2Campus pointCampus pointRincon 2Campus point
Rating1
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.7

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.9

NW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.5

SSW
0.6

S
0.8

SSW
0.8

SSW
1.0

SSW
Period(s) (?)8109910109919191817201922202019
Energy(?)6513112810313113110612814313918096194205335560533763
Wind
(km/h)
10 W10
10 W10
10 NNW10
5 S5
10 WSW10
0 W0
10 SSW10
10 WSW10
5 NNW5
10 SW10
15 WSW15
5 W5
15 WSW15
20 WSW20
15 NW15
15 W15
15 W15
15 NNW15
Wind State(?)oncross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassoncross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

3:59PM
1.90
3:32AM
1.52

4:51PM
1.94

5:09AM
1.39
5:35PM
1.94

6:41AM
1.35
6:19PM
1.97

7:57AM
1.38
7:05PM
2.01

8:53AM
1.42
7:44PM
2.04

Low Tide
/ height (m)
8:57AM
0.49

10:01PM
0.92
9:59AM
0.68

11:31PM
0.81
10:43AM
0.83

12:43AM
0.67
11:39AM
0.95

1:25AM
-0.66
12:33PM
1.03

2:25AM
0.44
1:22PM
1.07

3:04AM
0.35
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Summary
some cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
202318232521232620242424283027343632
Low °C
152116192419202419222323242926303530
Chill °C (?)
202318232521232620242424283027343632
Sunrise
6:01--6:03--6:03--6:01--6:03--6:03--
Sunset
-8:15--8:15--8:14--8:07--8:06--8:05-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.7

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.6

WNW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SW
0.6

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.6

S
0.8

SSW
0.8

SSW
1.0

SSW
Period (s)81099101099991815161922202019
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

NW
0.3

SSW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

NW
0.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.4

SW
0.5

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.5

SSW
Period (s)10131717171616161919917201618161615
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
0.3

W
0.6

W
0.9

WNW
1.1

W
1.8

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.4

WNW
2.1

WNW
Period (s)----------24456667


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.