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El Capitan ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.8
Difficulty Level: 4.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.4

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El Capitan Surf Guide

El Capitan in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed reef and point break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. Often Crowded. Rocks are a hazard.

El Capitan Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:

Surfing El Capitan:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Capitan occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:
California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view El Capitan sea temperature, El Capitan photographs, El Capitan detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, El Capitan webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Barbara live weather stations and El Capitan tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around El Capitan

El Capitan Surf:

Monday, 3 August 2020, 04:51 Local time
Monday 03
Wave (m) 2.1
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 5
N 0
NW 10
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Tide Times:

For Beavers, 4 km from El Capitan.

IS AT (local time)

El Capitan Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Goleta, 3 km from El Capitan.


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Current weather near El Capitan

Overall El Capitan Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in August


Surf stats for El Capitan: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for El Capitan: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

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El Capitan Location Maps

El Capitan Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to CAL - Santa Barbara surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of El Capitan

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to El Capitan:

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Wave buoys nearest to El Capitan:

Tide stations nearest to El Capitan:

  • Closest tide station
    Isla Vista
    10 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Santa Barbara
    19 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    22 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to El Capitan is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 59 km (37 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to El Capitan is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 91 km (57 miles) away.
  • Third is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA, 140 km (87 miles) away.
  • Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA is 155 km (96 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to El Capitan and is 159 km (99 miles) away.
El Capitan break location map and break info