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Driftwoods ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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Driftwoods Surf Guide

Driftwoods in Santa Barbara is a point break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded.

Driftwoods Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon point  redPointIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
12.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Driftwoods:

The best conditions reported for surf at Driftwoods occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

septemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Driftwoods with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 11% of the time in September while 44% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 45% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
11%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
44%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
45%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Driftwoods Location Map

Interactive Driftwoods 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 Driftwoods is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 68 km (42 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Driftwoods is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 82 km (51 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Driftwoods Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 8 March 2021, 05:23 Local Time
Monday 08
7AM10AM1PM4PM
Wave (m) 1.7
WNW
2.2
WNW
2.5
WNW
2.5
WNW
Period (s) 12 14 14 15
Wind (km/h) 15
NNW 20
NW 30
WNW 25
WNW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross cross-
off

Swell History at Driftwoods

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

Wind History at Driftwoods

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

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    • Icon  s33.4
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    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: consistent
    5km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Driftwoods: