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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 (?)
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.4

WNW
2.1

WNW
2.2

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.4

NW
1.1

W
0.6

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
Period(s) (?)151414141414131110991091615151212
Energy(?)172165163156147149242455867714513376188169156154208224
Wind
(km/h)
10 WNW10
0 ENE0
5 SW5
15 WNW15
5 NNW5
5 WSW5
5 NW5
0 NNW0
5 WSW5
10 W10
5 ESE5
10 S10
10 SSW10
0 N0
5 SSW5
5 SW5
0 ESE0
5 SW5
Wind State(?)onglassglasscross-
off
glassglassglassglasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
onglasscross-
on
onglasson
High Tide
/ height (m)

1:33AM
1.26

2:25PM
1.39
2:13AM
1.13

2:59PM
1.44
3:18AM
1.03

3:39PM
1.48
4:53AM
0.97

4:28PM
1.53

7:00AM
0.99
5:24PM
1.59

8:15AM
1.40
Low Tide
/ height (m)
7:35PM
0.63

7:29AM
0.38

8:24PM
0.59
7:54AM
0.53

9:24PM
0.54
9:01AM
1.02

10:34PM
0.46
9:06AM
0.82

11:46PM
0.34
10:59AM
0.84

12:50AM
0.19
11:59AM
1.24
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partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
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clear
Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
161718252017252118211717191719222022
Low °C
151414221414231616201414181716211918
Chill °C (?)
161718252017252118211717191719222022
Sunrise
--6:28--6:30--6:31--6:31--6:31--6:33
Sunset
7:52--7:52--7:51--7:50--7:47--7:45--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.6

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.5

SW
0.6

SSW
1.8

WNW
1.4

NW
1.0

NW
0.8

W
1.0

WNW
0.6

NW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
Period (s)1514141414141311191891098891212
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

WNW
0.6

NW
0.5

NW
0.4

SW
0.4

NW
0.3

NW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SW
0.6

SSW
0.7

W
0.9

W
0.6

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.5

SW
0.7

NW
Period (s)6681399122014141898161515147
Wind waves (m) & direction
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0.7

NW

-
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
0.8

NW
1.1

NW
1.2

NW
2.1

WNW
2.2

WNW

-

-
1.1

W

-

-
0.6

W

-

-
Period (s)-7-45556109--9--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.