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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 (?)
1.8

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.4

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.4

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.3

WNW
4.0

WNW
4.0

NW
3.0

NW
4.0

NW
2.1

NW
1.8

NW
1.8

NW
1.6

NW
0.8

WNW
1.7

WNW
Period(s) (?)121216151516151515111111101010101615
Energy(?)93174910111975139630162548239659523478232638559186946594413221386
Wind
(km/h)
10 NNE10
10 NNW10
10 N10
5 NE5
10 NW10
5 ESE5
5 ENE5
5 NNW5
10 WNW10
25 N25
20 NNW20
10 NNE10
10 NE10
10 NNW10
5 ENE5
5 ENE5
5 WSW5
5 ENE5
Wind State(?)offcross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
glassglasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
offcross-
off
offcross-
off
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off
High Tide
/ height (m)


8:20PM
1.16
7:35AM
1.70

9:20PM
1.21
8:07AM
1.71

10:10PM
1.25
8:37AM
1.71

10:08PM
1.56
9:06AM
1.70

10:49PM
1.57
9:25AM
2.13

12:11AM
1.28
Low Tide
/ height (m)

1:43PM
0.16
1:06AM
0.60

2:25PM
0.04
1:52AM
0.69

3:02PM
-0.05
2:35AM
0.78

3:35PM
-0.09
2:44AM
1.11

4:07PM
-0.12
3:20AM
1.16

4:37PM
-0.12

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Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
191914212020201813171814161712171713
Low °C
141513151919171712141510121411131512
Chill °C (?)
191914212020201812161813161711171713
Sunrise
7:11--7:13--7:13--7:13--7:15--7:16--
Sunset
-4:52--4:52--4:52--4:52--4:52--4:52-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.8

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.7

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.4

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.3

WNW
0.2

SSE
1.5

WNW
1.7

WNW
3.5

NW
2.1

NW
1.8

NW
1.8

NW
1.6

NW
1.2

NW
1.7

WNW
Period (s)12121215151615151014131110101010915
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

SSW
0.6

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.3

WNW
0.7

NW
0.7

NW
0.6

NW
0.1

SW
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

S
1.4

NW
1.1

NW
0.2

S
0.4

NW
0.8

WNW
0.8

WNW
Period (s)13181661877712141414121216171619
Wind waves (m) & direction
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1.2

NW

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-

-

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-
4.0

WNW
4.0

NW
3.0

NW
4.0

NW

-

-

-

-

-

-
Period (s)--6-----15111111------


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.