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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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Rating2
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3
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2
2
3
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.5

SSW
0.5

S
0.7

WNW
0.8

NW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.1

NW
1.2

NW
1.3

WNW
1.2

NW
1.4

NW
1.2

NW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
0.9

WNW
0.5

SW
1.0

NW
0.6

SSW
Period(s) (?)141288888899101099920918
Energy(?)10771648476106140206270253327264194216148190162211
Wind
(km/h)
5 NW5
10 W10
10 W10
10 N10
10 W10
10 WSW10
5 NW5
10 WSW10
10 WSW10
0 WNW0
5 WSW5
10 WSW10
0 SW0
10 SW10
10 SW10
5 SW5
10 SW10
10 W10
Wind State(?)glasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
onglassononglassononglassoncross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)
12:52AM
1.73

2:46PM
2.02
2:03AM
2.12

3:32PM
1.92
2:53AM
1.35

4:21PM
1.57
4:24AM
1.71

5:10PM
1.60

5:47AM
1.04
5:58PM
1.63

7:35AM
1.04
6:46PM
1.65
Low Tide
/ height (m)

7:34AM
-0.28

8:18PM
1.02
8:51AM
0.30

9:16PM
0.60
9:14AM
0.10

10:45PM
0.90
10:19AM
0.68

11:50PM
0.39
11:11AM
0.49

1:07AM
0.66
12:14PM
0.64

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clear
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clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
152423222427212424202527232424202324
Low °C
141822201926182023192026212123181923
Chill °C (?)
152423222427212424202527232424202324
Sunrise
-6:00--6:01--6:01--6:03--6:03--6:05-
Sunset
--8:25--8:24--8:24--8:23--8:21--8:21
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.5

SSW
0.5

S
0.4

S
0.6

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.9

WNW
1.1

NW
1.2

NW
1.3

WNW
1.2

NW
1.4

NW
1.2

NW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
0.9

WNW
0.9

NW
1.0

NW
0.9

NW
Period (s)141212888889910109999910
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.5

W
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.5

SW
0.4

SW
0.5

SW
0.4

SSW
0.6

SSW
Period (s)91414121111101013131717171616201918
Wind waves (m) & direction
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0.6

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.8

NW

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
Period (s)-988--------------


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.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.