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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 (?)
1.9

WNW
1.6

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.1

WNW
2.3

W
1.9

W
2.4

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.2

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.9

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.5

WNW
Period(s) (?)131219181110111414141413121212111110
Energy(?)119877456672112427741314342947174100315516828269801164785655450
Wind
(km/h)
5 NE5
10 W10
0 E0
10 SSE10
10 NW10
10 WNW10
5 NNW5
15 WNW15
5 ENE5
0 ESE0
10 WNW10
5 N5
10 N10
10 NNW10
10 NNE10
10 NNE10
5 N5
10 NE10
Wind State(?)glasscross-
on
glasscross-
on
crosscross-
on
glasscross-
on
glassglasscross-
on
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off
cross-
off
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off
offoffcross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)

2:10PM
1.12
3:24AM
1.52

3:45PM
1.39

4:13AM
1.92
5:34PM
0.99

5:04AM
1.69
6:42PM
1.39
7:20PM
1.07
6:09AM
1.80

8:31PM
1.19
6:55AM
1.88

9:23PM
1.30
Low Tide
/ height (m)


8:07PM
0.41
9:59AM
0.54

9:02PM
0.57
11:24AM
0.75

10:13PM
0.71
12:14PM
0.15

11:30PM
0.80

1:09PM
-0.09
12:39AM
0.84

2:12PM
0.15
1:40AM
0.82
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partially cloudy
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Summary
clearclearclearsome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
14141113111212121012139151713202215
Low °C
101291110111111810108111413151814
Chill °C (?)
14141111101111111011128151712202215
Sunrise
7:16--7:15--7:15--7:13--7:13--7:13--
Sunset
-5:22--5:24--5:25--5:27--5:28--5:29-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.9

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.5

WNW
2.3

W
1.9

W
2.4

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.2

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.9

WNW
2.1

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.5

WNW
Period (s)131212121110111414141413121212111110
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.0

WNW
1.4

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.1

SW
0.2

SSW
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

WNW
0.4

NW
0.4

WNW
Period (s)212019181716151913181616151514201918
Wind waves (m) & direction
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0.6

S

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-
Period (s)---3--------------


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.

TSUNAMI WARNING:

 23rd Jan 2018 09:31:41 AM UTC: FOLLOWING ALASKA MAGNITUDE 8.2 EQ.
View U.S. Tsunami Warning Center for the latest information updates.