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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 (?)
0.7

SW
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
1.3

SSW
1.0

SSW
1.3

SSW
1.1

SSW
0.9

SSW
1.0

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
0.7

SSW
1.7

NW
1.7

WNW
2.0

NW
2.1

NW
1.9

NW
2.3

NW
Period(s) (?)162120191918171616151616688888
Energy(?)2614505491169739994772475568246329250231314446582534711
Wind
(km/h)
5 NNW5
15 NNW15
20 NNW20
15 N15
20 NNW20
20 NNW20
15 N15
20 NNW20
20 NNW20
15 N15
20 NNW20
20 NNW20
15 N15
10 W10
20 NNW20
15 N15
10 W10
20 NNW20
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

9:28AM
1.48

8:14PM
1.67
10:51AM
1.25

8:46PM
2.09
10:47AM
1.54

9:23PM
2.11
11:22AM
1.56

10:05PM
1.66
11:56AM
1.59

10:36PM
2.11
12:30PM
1.60

Low Tide
/ height (m)
2:45AM
0.04
1:57PM
1.13
2:11PM
0.82
3:27AM
-0.04

2:34PM
1.15
4:07AM
0.31

3:16PM
1.15
4:42AM
0.27

4:24PM
0.88

5:17AM
0.26
4:34PM
1.13

5:50AM
0.27
5:14PM
1.13
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
192323192424202424202223191922181819
Low °C
162020192022192122192022181420171318
Chill °C (?)
192323192424202424202223191922181819
Sunrise
-6:07--6:07--6:09--6:09--6:09--6:09-
Sunset
--8:19--8:19--8:17--8:16--8:15--8:15
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.7

SW
0.6

SSW
0.9

SSW
1.3

SSW
1.0

SSW
1.3

SSW
1.1

SSW
0.9

SSW
1.0

SSW
0.9

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.5

S
1.3

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.4

SSW
1.5

WNW
Period (s)16171719191817161667771488149
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.6

NW
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
0.5

WNW
0.6

SSW
0.2

S
0.5

W
0.7

WNW
0.2

S
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.6

S
0.3

SW
0.5

S
0.4

SSW
0.3

SW
0.4

SSW
Period (s)92120415105611151616151914141813
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-
0.5

WNW
1.3

NW
0.5

WNW
0.5

WNW
1.3

NW

-
0.8

WNW
1.5

NW
1.7

NW
1.8

NW
1.7

NW
1.7

WNW
2.0

NW
2.1

NW
1.9

NW
2.3

NW
Period (s)--4510105-9666688888


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.