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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
Beavers hazardsCampus pointRincon 2Beavers hazardsBeavers hazardsCampus pointOceanoDepressionsCampus pointMain streetOceanoCojoCampus pointOceanoEl capitanBeavers hazardsSealsRincon 2
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.5

WNW
1.9

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.4

NW
1.6

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.1

NW
1.3

WNW
0.9

NW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
2.2

NW
1.9

NW
1.7

WNW
2.3

NW
2.5

NW
2.1

WNW
2.1

WNW
Period(s) (?)10678121289161514141413131388
Energy(?)4752927567347278745152673531174112619771408106117771951531522
Wind
(km/h)
10 NNW10
20 NW20
30 WNW30
15 NNW15
10 NNW10
15 W15
10 NNE10
10 SSW10
15 W15
5 NNW5
10 W10
20 NW20
5 NNW5
10 W10
15 WNW15
10 NW10
15 W15
20 W20
Wind State(?)cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
off
cross-
on
oncross-
off
glassoncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
11:52PM
2.11
1:40PM
1.49

12:58AM
2.07

3:01PM
1.45
1:34AM
1.96

4:38PM
1.48
2:52AM
1.87

5:50PM
1.57
4:33AM
1.84

6:42PM
1.69

5:41AM
1.81

Low Tide
/ height (m)

7:05AM
0.31
6:20PM
1.08

8:28AM
0.32
7:14PM
1.19

9:23AM
-0.09

8:46PM
1.26
10:35AM
0.38

10:52PM
1.24
11:43AM
0.37

12:02AM
1.10
12:36PM
0.37

rain showers
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Summary
rain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
2-----------------
High °C
121518132123162324172219201723162123
Low °C
91118111423152024171817181321131722
Chill °C (?)
101417112123162324172219201723152123
Sunrise
-6:22--6:22--6:20--6:20--6:20--6:16-
Sunset
--7:32--7:35--7:36--7:38--7:37--7:37
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.8

WNW
0.5

NW
0.2

SSW
1.7

WNW
1.6

WNW
0.5

S
1.5

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.6

WNW
0.4

S

-
Period (s)101414812198991514141413131313-
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.7

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.1

SW
0.8

WNW
0.2

S
0.1

SW
0.9

WNW
0.6

NW
0.9

NW

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0.6

S
0.3

S
0.6

S
0.5

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

WNW
0.4

NW
Period (s)61416131915121616-1515141414131918
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.5

WNW
1.9

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.4

NW

-
1.8

WNW
2.1

NW

-

-

-

-
2.2

NW
1.9

NW

-
2.3

NW
2.5

NW
2.1

WNW
2.1

WNW
Period (s)10678-128----1414-131388


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.