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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
JalamaDriftwoodsRincon pointRincon pointRincon pointOceanoBeavers hazardsBeavers hazardsEl capitanRincon pointDepressionsRincon pointOceanoRincon pointEl capitanDriftwoodsOceanoEl capitan
Rating3
2
0
0
0
1
2
1
1
1
1
0
2
2
2
3
1
2
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.3

NW
0.8

WNW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.3

SW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.2

W
1.4

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
Period(s) (?)9912101012111110666778688
Energy(?)26210135281712314099978913994175216142223173143
Wind
(km/h)
15 NNW15
10 SW10
10 SW10
5 W5
10 SW10
15 W15
10 NW10
10 W10
15 WNW15
0 NW0
15 WSW15
15 WSW15
5 NW5
10 SSW10
20 WNW20
10 NW10
15 WNW15
20 WNW20
Wind State(?)cross-
off
ononglassononcross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
oncross-
on
oncross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

8:52AM
1.48
7:18PM
1.94

9:14AM
1.50
7:57PM
2.00

9:43AM
1.24

8:50PM
2.05
10:08AM
1.27

9:13PM
1.75
10:32AM
1.30

10:03PM
2.07
11:22AM
1.67

Low Tide
/ height (m)
1:59AM
0.46
1:22PM
1.16

2:49AM
0.41
1:52PM
1.10

3:06AM
0.34

2:30PM
1.05
3:57AM
0.33

3:10PM
0.62
4:09AM
-0.07

3:41PM
0.58
4:58AM
0.34

4:37PM
0.94
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clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
152425242521202527242626162526211826
Low °C
142124232320182025232226152325191424
Chill °C (?)
142425242521202527242626162526211826
Sunrise
-6:24--6:24--6:26--6:26--6:26--6:30-
Sunset
--7:37--7:42--7:37--7:32--7:34--7:32
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.9

NW
0.5

S
0.4

S
0.4

S
0.3

SW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.5

NW
0.9

WNW
0.5

NW
0.3

S
0.3

SW
0.2

WNW
Period (s)9131212101211111012121210710131311
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

SSW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.2

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.3

WNW
0.2

S
0.2

WNW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.2

S
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.2

WSW
Period (s)131212101212141615111411141413161512
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.3

NW
0.8

WNW
0.4

W
0.6

W
0.5

W
0.6

WNW
1.1

NW
0.6

WNW
0.7

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.2

W
1.4

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
Period (s)995457544666778688


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.