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Santa Cruz Surf

Detailed Santa Cruz 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 Cruz. 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 Cruz. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Santa Cruz over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Santa Cruz and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Santa Cruz Surf Forecast

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Santa Cruz 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 Cruz Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Santa Cruz coastline are also listed below.

Santa Cruz Photos

Santa Cruz Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Santa Cruz
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.4

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.5

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.9

W
2.3

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.2

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.9

WNW
Period(s) (?)151414131219181710111414141413121212
Energy(?)3666340820491246699566721569785120830694050360621941548771517980
Wind
(km/h)
5 SSW5
10 WNW10
5 NNE5
5 NNE5
15 NNW15
5 ENE5
10 SSE10
20 SSW20
15 NNW15
5 E5
5 WSW5
5 NNE5
5 N5
20 NNW20
10 NNE10
10 NNE10
10 NNW10
10 NNE10
Wind State(?)cross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
glassonglasscross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
12:59PM
1.62
1:06PM
1.26
2:42AM
1.45

2:10PM
1.12
3:24AM
1.52

3:38PM
1.01

4:12AM
1.61
5:34PM
0.99

4:57AM
1.64
6:42PM
1.39
7:20PM
1.07
5:59AM
1.79


Low Tide
/ height (m)


7:24PM
0.25
8:52AM
1.07

8:07PM
0.41
10:12AM
0.94

9:02PM
0.57
11:11AM
0.35

10:13PM
0.71
12:12PM
0.10

11:30PM
0.80

1:10PM
-0.06

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Summary
rain shwrsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsrain shwrssome cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearsome clouds
Rain (mm)
21------13--1------
High °C
1314101414121314111111912119141612
Low °C
1211910121012131010108910791311
Chill °C (?)
1314914131211129111091197141611
Sunrise
7:13--7:16--7:15--7:15--7:13--7:13--
Sunset
-5:22--5:23--5:24--5:25--5:27--5:28-
Swell1 (m) & direction
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.4

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.9

W
2.3

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.5

WNW
2.2

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.9

WNW
Period (s)151414131211121110111414141413121212
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.2

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.1

SW
0.1

SW
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

S
Period (s)161623212019181716151919181616151514
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-

-

-

-

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-

-

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-

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-
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Santa Cruz Surf Breaks

Santa Cruz offers a wide variety of breaks and is known as a diverse and friendly place to surf. Reefs, Rivermouths, Beach breaks and Points are all in an abundance on this part of coast. From Waddell Creek to Sunset State Beach swell can batter you from several directions and wrap around to the little coves on the bigger days giving you plenty of options. Santa Cruz is among the most well known surf communities. The water temperature here can get a bit chilly so a 4/3 is needed for a lot of the year. Santa Cruz has produced a high caliber of surfers over the years so expect a certain standard when you head out.