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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 Forecast / CAL – Santa Barbara / USA

48hr Weather and Surf, issued 10 am Monday 20 Sep 2021 PDT
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El Capitan surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's El Capitan sea temperature is 16.0 °C (Statistics for 20 Sep 1981-2005 - mean: 17.3 max: 19.3 min: 16.1 °C)
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El Capitan surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's El Capitan sea temperature is 16.0 °C (Statistics for 20 Sep 1981-2005 - mean: 17.3 max: 19.3 min: 16.1 °C)

Eyeball surf reportRecent Eyeball Surf Reports for CAL - Santa Barbara

  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at El Capitan (light winds from the W at Goleta 3 km from El Capitan).

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1 h 19 min ago

Light
6 km/h
W
Clean
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How big are the waves at El Capitan today?

The current surf forecast for El Capitan at 5PM is: 1.1m 12s primary swell from a West-northwest direction and 0.6m 15s secondary swell from a West-northwest direction (forecast issued at 10:00am September 20). The wind direction is predicted to be cross-shore and the swell rating is 2.

Time (PDT) & DateWave HeightWave Period
Morning (20 Sep)4ft (1.2m)8s
Afternoon (20 Sep)2ft (0.6m)14s
Evening (20 Sep)3.5ft (1.1m)12s

Table - waves today at El Capitan. (Swell directed towards the surf break)

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
Temp. °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Monday
20
Tuesday
21
Wednesday
22
Thursday
23
Friday
24
Saturday
25
Sunday
26
Monday
27
8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM
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T california.htsgw.metric.6.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.12.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.18.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.24.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.30.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.42.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.48.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.54.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.66.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.72.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.78.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.90.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.96.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.102.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.114.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.120.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.126.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.138.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.144.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.150.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.162.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.168.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.174.cc23T california.htsgw.metric.186.cc23
1.2
WNW
0.7
NW
0.6
WNW
1.1
WNW
1.1
WNW
1.1
WNW
1.2
WNW
1.1
WNW
1
WNW
1
WNW
1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.7
NW
0.7
WNW
0.5
SW
1
WNW
1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.9
NW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
WNW
1.2
WNW
1.1
WNW
1.1
WNW
1
WNW
1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.6
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.7
WNW
0.8
SSW
0.8
WNW
0.9
WNW
1
WNW
1
WNW
1
WNW
1
WNW
1
WNW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.9
WNW
0.8
SSW
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0
N
10
SSW
10
SW
10
WSW
5
N
5
ENE
5
E
5
E
5
E
10
S
10
SSW
5
SW
5
NW
5
NNW
5
N
5
NNW
5
NW
10
WSW
15
WSW
20
WNW
15
NNW
15
NNW
10
NNW
10
NNW
5
NNW
5
SW
10
SW
10
WSW
5
NNW
0
NNW
0
W
0
ESE
5
SE
10
S
10
SSW
10
SW
5
WNW
5
S
0
NW
0
NW
0
WNW
10
SW
10
SW
10
WSW
5
NW
5
NNE
5
ENE
5
NNE
0
ENE
5
SSW
10
SSW
10
SW
5
WNW
5
ESE
10
ESE
5
ESE
5
ESE
10
SSW
10
SW
10
WSW
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
crossglassglasscrosscrossglassononcross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
glassglassglasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
glassglassglassglassglassononcross-
on
glassglassglassglassglasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
glassglassglassglassglassononcross-
on
glassglasscrosscrossglasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
10:19AM
1.84
10:06PM
2.00
10:44AM
1.88
10:46PM
1.88
11:09AM
1.90
11:28PM
1.74
11:35AM
1.90
12:12AM
1.59
12:01PM
1.88
1:05AM
1.44
12:29PM
1.83
2:18AM
1.31
1:01PM
1.77
4:51AM
1.26
1:46PM
1.71
4:04PM
0.69
4:30AM
0.42
4:43PM
0.63
4:56AM
0.56
5:24PM
0.60
5:21AM
0.72
6:06PM
0.60
5:45AM
0.87
6:52PM
0.62
6:06AM
1.02
7:47PM
0.66
6:22AM
1.15
8:58PM
0.70
6:07AM
1.26

Note: the tide data above is for Beavers which is 4 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for El Capitan.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at El Capitan blow from the N

Monday
20
Tuesday
21
Wednesday
22
Thursday
23
Friday
24
Saturday
25
Sunday
26
Monday
27
8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM8PM11PM2AM5AM8AM11AM2PM5PM
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