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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
DepressionsBeavers hazardsBeavers hazardsOceanoCampus pointJalamaCampus pointCampus pointCampus pointRincon 2Campus pointSealsCampus pointCampus pointDriftwoodsFernald pointCampus pointCampus point
Rating3
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.7

WNW
2.2

WNW
1.6

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

NW
2.5

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
Period(s) (?)12181615141413136778888888
Energy(?)268390768105274265336894937521478510638001309127781714871342
Wind
(km/h)
10 SSW10
10 W10
0 E0
10 W10
15 WSW15
20 NNW20
10 WSW10
20 W20
20 NW20
15 WSW15
30 WNW30
20 NW20
20 WNW20
30 WNW30
20 NNW20
10 SW10
30 WNW30
20 NW20
Wind State(?)oncross-
on
glassoncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
offcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

7:24PM
1.80

6:50AM
1.83


7:55AM
1.82

8:33PM
2.00
8:48AM
1.81

9:22PM
2.08
9:38AM
1.78

9:34PM
2.11
10:19AM
1.74

10:08PM
2.11
Low Tide
/ height (m)
12:38PM
0.37

1:08AM
0.93
1:25PM
0.39

1:59AM
0.75

2:11PM
0.45
2:46AM
0.59

3:00PM
0.56
3:47AM
0.47

3:17PM
0.62
4:09AM
0.36

3:57PM
0.76
4:54AM
0.31
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clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome clouds
Rain (mm)
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High °C
192217192113222319222317222417212317
Low °C
172216142011192216192115172315192114
Chill °C (?)
192217192111222319222316222416212316
Sunrise
6:16--6:16--6:13--6:11--6:11--6:09--
Sunset
-7:38--7:38--7:39--7:40--7:40--7:42-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.9

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.6

S
0.7

S

-
0.5

S
0.6

S
0.6

S
0.6

S
0.6

S
1.5

WNW
0.5

S
0.5

S
Period (s)121216151414131515-141515141481414
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.5

S
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.4

S
0.6

S
0.4

S
0.7

S

-
0.4

S

-
0.5

S
0.4

S
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.5

S
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
Period (s)13181218171616-18-1713161615141515
Wind waves (m) & direction
-

-

-

-

-
0.9

NW

-
1.7

WNW
2.2

WNW
1.6

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

NW
2.5

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
Period (s)-----4-136778888888


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.