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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 (?)
0.9

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
2.5

NW
3.0

NW
2.3

NW
1.6

WNW
1.7

WNW
Period(s) (?)16161091514141514141414147710108
Energy(?)3573483493132252151651721651631581471496328121187480364
Wind
(km/h)
10 S10
10 W10
5 SW5
10 SW10
10 WNW10
5 NNW5
10 SW10
15 WSW15
0 NE0
5 SW5
10 WNW10
5 NNW5
5 WSW5
5 WSW5
10 NNW10
10 WNW10
10 WNW10
5 WNW5
Wind State(?)cross-
on
onglassononglassoncross-
off
glassoncross-
on
glasscross-
on
oncross-
on
oncross-
on
glass
High Tide
/ height (m)
1:14PM
1.30

12:06AM
1.46
1:26PM
1.70

12:53AM
1.78
1:57PM
1.35

1:24AM
1.24

2:25PM
1.39
2:13AM
1.13

3:11PM
1.37
3:37AM
1.35

3:39PM
1.48
4:53AM
0.97
Low Tide
/ height (m)

6:26PM
0.69

6:55AM
0.50
7:00PM
1.00

7:04AM
0.25
7:35PM
0.63

7:29AM
0.38

8:24PM
0.59
8:28AM
0.51

9:55PM
0.92
8:51AM
1.01

10:34PM
0.46
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
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clear
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clear
clear
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clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
161616161618172218182420182318182419
Low °C
151614151614142114142214142216162315
Chill °C (?)
161616161618172218182420182318182419
Sunrise
6:26--6:26--6:28--6:28--6:30--6:31--
Sunset
-7:54--7:53--7:52--7:52--7:50--7:50-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.5

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.7

NW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.9

NW
1.2

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.6

SSW
0.6

SSW
Period (s)98109881415614141414611101818
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.9

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.6

NW
0.4

SW
0.6

WNW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

NW
0.3

SW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.3

SW
0.4

WNW
Period (s)161615151514715141413912136191413
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-

-

-

-

-

-
0.8

WNW
0.8

NW
0.6

NW
0.4

WNW
0.8

NW
1.1

NW
2.5

NW
3.0

NW
2.3

NW
1.6

WNW
1.7

WNW
Period (s)-------7674567710108


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.