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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
Tajuigas ranchCampus pointCampus pointCampus pointCampus pointCampus pointDriftwoodsCampus pointDriftwoodsDriftwoodsCampus pointBeavers hazardsDriftwoodsCampus pointJalamaBeavers hazardsTajuigas ranchBeavers hazards
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.2

NW
0.5

S
0.5

S
0.7

S
0.8

S
0.9

S
1.0

S
1.0

S
1.1

S
1.0

S
1.0

S
1.4

NW
0.8

S
0.7

S
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
1.2

NW
1.3

NW
Period(s) (?)614181817161616151514914149999
Energy(?)109107162294363422508471553428411314242183202176242287
Wind
(km/h)
10 WSW10
10 SW10
0 SE0
10 SSW10
10 SW10
0 SE0
10 SSW10
15 SW15
0 NNE0
10 SW10
15 WSW15
5 NNW5
10 SW10
15 WSW15
15 NW15
10 SSW10
10 WSW10
5 NNW5
Wind State(?)cross-
on
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
crossglassoncross-
off
glassoncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
on
glass
High Tide
/ height (m)
1:53PM
1.87

1:55AM
1.61

2:44PM
1.86
3:16AM
1.42

3:40PM
1.85

5:01AM
1.32
4:40PM
1.85

6:43AM
1.34
5:39PM
1.86

7:53AM
1.40
6:32PM
1.90

Low Tide
/ height (m)


8:06PM
0.80
8:02AM
0.69

9:27PM
0.79
8:52AM
0.88

10:53PM
0.73
9:52AM
1.03

12:11AM
0.64
11:04AM
1.12

1:11AM
0.55
12:13PM
1.15

1:57AM
0.46
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
262625262725282826282926292818272822
Low °C
212623242724252825262924262816232720
Chill °C (?)
262625262725282826282926292818272822
Sunrise
6:20--6:20--6:22--6:22--6:22--6:24--
Sunset
-7:45--7:45--7:44--7:42--7:40--7:40-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.8

WNW
0.5

S
0.9

WNW
0.7

S
0.8

S
0.9

S
1.0

S
1.0

S
1.1

S
1.0

S
1.0

S
0.8

WNW
0.8

S
0.7

S
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
Period (s)614618171616161515141014148999
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

WNW
0.3

WNW
0.5

S
0.7

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.1

NW
0.5

S
0.3

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.4

NW
0.4

S
0.3

SSW
Period (s)1312186136121211111314121111111313
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.2

NW
0.9

WNW
1.2

NW

-
0.7

WNW
0.9

NW

-
0.5

WNW
0.7

NW
0.9

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.4

NW
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
1.2

NW
1.3

NW
Period (s)656-66-66111091049999


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.