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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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Rating4
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4
3
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5
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.1

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.4

NW
2.0

NW
3.5

NW
3.0

NW
2.5

NW
2.3

NW
2.5

NW
1.1

NW
1.4

WNW
1.0

WNW
2.3

W
2.0

W
2.3

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.4

WNW
2.3

WNW
Period(s) (?)151413681212121012121181013141413
Energy(?)519508649321140225591745134812263305182616528401610316620871838
Wind
(km/h)
5 NE5
15 WNW15
15 NNW15
15 NW15
30 NW30
20 NNW20
15 N15
15 NW15
5 N5
5 W5
10 WSW10
20 S20
15 WNW15
20 WSW20
15 SW15
10 SW10
20 SW20
10 WNW10
Wind State(?)glasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
offglasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
offcross-
off
ononcross-
off
cross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)


8:19PM
1.24
6:41AM
1.76

9:04PM
1.34
7:42AM
1.81

9:10PM
1.75
8:26AM
2.29

10:20PM
1.46
9:30AM
1.79

10:56PM
1.49
10:21AM
1.71

11:30PM
1.51
Low Tide
/ height (m)
12:49PM
-0.09

12:40AM
0.83

1:58PM
0.19
1:40AM
0.73

2:40PM
0.11
2:21AM
0.92

3:32PM
-0.32
3:23AM
0.48

4:01PM
-0.28

4:11AM
0.38
4:41PM
-0.18

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rain showers
clear
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clear
clear
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partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
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Summary
clearclearsome cloudsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudslight rainrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrs
Rain (mm)
---5------1824-4123
High °C
131410111191113911111011101011119
Low °C
1010810957107101010101091098
Chill °C (?)
12138886912810108978997
Sunrise
6:43--6:41--6:41--6:39--6:37--6:37--
Sunset
-5:58--5:59--6:00--6:00--6:01--6:02-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.4

NW
1.1

WNW
1.3

WNW
0.9

WNW

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1.0

NW
0.9

NW
0.9

NW
2.2

NW
1.4

WNW
1.4

WNW
1.0

WNW
0.3

S
2.0

W
2.3

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.4

WNW
2.3

WNW
Period (s)8141413-1514141181211131013141413
Swell2 (m) & direction
1.1

WNW

-
0.4

NW
0.3

S

-
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.8

NW
1.1

NW
0.3

S
0.2

WNW

-
0.4

NW
0.2

SSW
0.3

SSW

-
0.3

S
Period (s)15-1314-14131313121414-141616-16
Wind waves (m) & direction
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1.1

NW
1.4

NW
2.0

NW
3.5

NW
3.0

NW
2.5

NW
2.3

NW
2.5

NW

-

-

-
2.3

W

-

-

-

-

-
Period (s)-7136812121210---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.