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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
Pismo beach pierCampus pointBeavers hazardsJalamaCampus pointRincon pointBeavers hazardsCampus pointTajuigas ranchCampus pointCampus pointEl capitanCampus pointCampus pointEl capitanMesaCampus pointJalama
Rating4
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.1

WNW
2.2

NW
2.3

NW
1.1

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.5

NW
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
2.1

NW
2.5

NW
2.4

WNW
3.5

NW
2.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

NW
2.2

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.2

NW
Period(s) (?)10101015158151587710121210878
Energy(?)78784694558124648154053445236475162223195223212008602493650
Wind
(km/h)
15 N15
20 NNW20
10 N10
20 NNW20
25 WNW25
15 N15
5 SSW5
15 W15
10 NNW10
25 WNW25
30 WNW30
15 NNW15
15 NW15
25 NW25
15 NNW15
5 WSW5
20 WNW20
15 NNW15
Wind State(?)cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offcross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

5:07PM
1.35


6:16PM
1.39

5:07AM
2.06

7:16PM
1.50
6:12AM
2.17

7:52PM
1.62
7:02AM
2.27

8:32PM
1.29
7:53AM
2.31

9:10PM
1.80
Low Tide
/ height (m)
10:40AM
0.63

9:44PM
-0.21
11:37AM
0.47

10:42PM
1.11
12:35PM
0.30

11:54PM
1.05

1:23PM
0.16
12:50AM
0.94

2:05PM
0.07
1:42AM
0.39

2:54PM
0.07
2:34AM
0.74
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clear
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clear
clear
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clear
clear
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clear
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clear
partially cloudy
Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome clouds
Rain (mm)
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High °C
121461317121717111413814158171710
Low °C
910610121115149139611117141310
Chill °C (?)
10134101611171610121051213617167
Sunrise
6:39--6:35--6:33--6:31--6:30--6:28--
Sunset
-5:50--5:51--5:52--5:52--5:53--5:53-
Swell1 (m) & direction
2.1

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.1

WNW
0.3

SSW
1.5

WNW
1.1

NW
0.9

WNW
1.4

NW
0.4

S
0.4

S
2.4

WNW
0.4

NNW
0.3

S
2.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.2

S
1.6

WNW
Period (s)1017101514781581414101513106128
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.9

WNW
0.3

SSW
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.2

S
0.6

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.3

S
0.9

WNW
0.2

S
0.1

SW
0.8

WNW
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.5

NW
0.5

WNW
0.2

S
0.4

NW
Period (s)1815169171515151419181213161491412
Wind waves (m) & direction
-
2.2

NW
2.3

NW

-
2.3

WNW
2.5

NW

-
0.9

WNW
2.1

NW
2.5

NW
2.4

WNW
3.5

NW
2.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

NW
2.2

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.2

NW
Period (s)-1010-158-887710121210878


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.