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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.

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Santa Barbara Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Santa Barbara
OceanoJalamaJalamaJalamaJalamaJalamaJalamaMain streetRincon pointCampus pointDriftwoodsCampus pointRincon 2Campus pointRincon pointRincon 2Campus pointRincon point
Rating2
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.8

WNW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.5

SSW
0.6

S
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
1.0

SSW
1.1

SSW
Period(s) (?)1099910991919181720192221201918
Energy(?)115128106106108106106143140180100194205335441533763844
Wind
(km/h)
10 WSW10
10 NNW10
5 S5
5 SW5
0 NW0
10 SSW10
10 SSW10
5 NNW5
15 SW15
15 WSW15
10 NW10
15 WSW15
20 WSW20
15 NW15
10 SW10
15 WSW15
15 NW15
10 SW10
Wind State(?)oncross-
off
cross-
on
onglasscross-
on
onglassoncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoncross-
off
offon
High Tide
/ height (m)
3:42PM
1.48
3:49AM
1.56

4:53PM
1.94

5:09AM
1.39
5:35PM
1.94

6:38AM
1.36
6:22PM
1.97

7:57AM
1.38
7:05PM
2.01

8:53AM
1.42
7:44PM
2.04

9:37AM
1.46
Low Tide
/ height (m)

10:16PM
0.90
10:01AM
0.68

11:31PM
0.81
10:43AM
0.83

12:43AM
0.67
11:36AM
0.95

1:40AM
0.54
12:33PM
1.03

2:25AM
0.44
1:22PM
1.07

3:00AM
0.35

partially cloudy
rain showers
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Summary
some cloudsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
-3----------------
High °C
231823232122221925242329302833353234
Low °C
221720221920221823242226302631342932
Chill °C (?)
231823232122221925242329302833353234
Sunrise
--6:03--6:03--6:01--6:03--6:01--6:03
Sunset
8:15--8:12--8:12--8:07--8:06--8:05--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.8

WNW
0.9

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.4

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.6

S
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
1.0

SSW
1.1

SSW
Period (s)109991099919181716192221201918
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

SSW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.4

SSW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.5

S
0.4

SW
0.5

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.5

SSW
1.0

W
Period (s)13171717161615191415152016181616157
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-

-

-
0.4

W
0.6

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.2

W
1.7

WNW
0.9

W
1.3

W
2.1

WNW
1.7

WNW
Period (s)--------9994566677


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.