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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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3
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2
2
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2
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1
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1
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.8

S
0.8

S
0.8

S
1.4

NW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.1

NW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.5

SSW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.6

WNW
1.0

WNW
Period(s) (?)14141488888712121110111110108
Energy(?)25725323627923523015110370791211111731491019571126
Wind
(km/h)
5 NNE5
10 W10
10 W10
5 WNW5
10 WSW10
10 WSW10
5 W5
5 WSW5
10 WSW10
5 SW5
10 WSW10
10 WNW10
0 NW0
10 WSW10
10 WSW10
5 WNW5
10 W10
15 W15
Wind State(?)glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassoncross-
on
glasscross-
on
onglasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)

7:42AM
1.11
5:59PM
1.56

8:56AM
1.19
6:54PM
1.57

9:46AM
1.26
7:45PM
1.58

10:26AM
1.31

8:30PM
1.60
10:57AM
1.32

9:11PM
1.61
10:44AM
1.62

Low Tide
/ height (m)
12:21AM
0.27
11:57AM
0.84

1:24AM
0.20
1:05PM
0.88

2:15AM
0.13

2:03PM
0.88
2:59AM
0.07

2:50PM
0.86
3:37AM
0.02

3:31PM
0.81
4:10AM
-0.01

4:07PM
0.77
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clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
212426192021151820151917161920161720
Low °C
191924151619131319151417151519131320
Chill °C (?)
212426192021151820151917161920161720
Sunrise
-6:28--6:28--6:30--6:31--6:31--6:31-
Sunset
--7:53--7:52--7:51--7:47--7:47--7:46
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.8

S
0.9

NW
0.8

S
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.1

NW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

NW
0.6

WNW
Period (s)148148888877121110111110810
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.6

NW
0.8

S
0.2

WNW
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.6

S
0.5

S
0.4

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.6

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.5

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.3

S
Period (s)81411141413131310127714131181012
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-
1.0

WNW
1.4

NW

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
0.7

NW

-

-
0.4

WNW

-

-
1.0

WNW
Period (s)--88-------8--7--8


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.