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Depressions ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.5

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Depressions Surf Guide

Depressions in Santa Barbara is a reasonably exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide. Sometimes crowded. Take care of the strong rips here.

Depressions Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s32.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Depressions:

The best conditions reported for surf at Depressions occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Depressions (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Depressions with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 24% of the time in January while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 31% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
24%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
45%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
31%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Depressions Location Map

Interactive Depressions surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Depressions is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD) in USA, 74 km (46 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Depressions is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG), also in USA, 75 km (47 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Depressions Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 17:18 Local Time
Wednesday 12
2PM5PM8PM11PM
Wave (m) 0.5
SW
0.7
SSW
0.5
SSW
0.6
SSW
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 10
SW 10
WSW 5
WSW 0
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Wind State on on on glass

Swell History at Depressions

Surf stats for Depressions, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Depressions

Wind stats for Depressions, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away

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