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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

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 10 pm Sunday 02 Aug 2020 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 15.9 °C (Statistics for 02 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 17.1 max: 18.4 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 15.9 °C (Statistics for 02 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 17.1 max: 18.4 min: 16.1 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at El Capitan (calm at Goleta 3 km from El Capitan). 2.2m 7 s period wind swell from NW

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1 h 37 min ago

Calm
0 km/h
NNE
Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for El Capitan this week:

The surf forecast for El Capitan over the next 7 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Monday (Aug 03) at 8AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 2.1m and 8s period with a secondary swell of 1.5m and 8s. Another secondary swell of 0.2m and 14s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be glassy as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at El Capitan in the next 7 days are 2.5m 8s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (Aug 04) at 8AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.9m 5s period and expected on Saturday (Aug 08) at 11PM.

Wave TypeTime (PDT) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 8AM (Mon 3rd Aug)7ft (2.1m) 8s
Best Surf 8AM (Tue 4th Aug)8ft (2.5m) 8s
Most Powerful 8AM (Tue 4th Aug)8ft (2.5m) 8s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for El Capitan over the next 7 days.

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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(?)
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Monday
03
Tuesday
04
Wednesday
05
Thursday
06
Friday
07
Saturday
08
Sunday
09
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
33332332130131123233243
T california.htsgw.metric.6.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.24.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.48.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.72.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.96.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.180.cc23
2.1
NW
1.5
WNW
1.9
WNW
1.9
WNW
1.6
WNW
1.6
WNW
1.7
WNW
1.6
WNW
1.4
WNW
1.7
NW
1
WNW
1.1
WNW
1.8
NW
1.1
WNW
1.1
WNW
1.6
NW
1.6
NW
1.6
NW
1.2
WNW
1.7
NW
1.3
WNW
1.9
NW
1.3
WNW
888888887778877711111010101010
49931544749332631037229220729585157388124113262627593277535290695327
5
NNE
10
WSW
20
NW
10
NNW
10
W
20
NW
15
NNW
15
W
25
NW
20
NNW
10
W
20
WNW
10
NNW
10
WSW
15
WNW
15
NNW
10
WSW
15
W
5
NNE
10
SW
10
WSW
5
N
5
NE
glasscross-
on
cross-
off
offcrosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
crossglasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassglass
9:26PM
2.26
11:15AM
1.59
10:06PM
2.22
11:49AM
1.60
10:45PM
2.14
12:23PM
1.61
11:23PM
2.02
12:56PM
1.62
12:01AM
1.86
1:30PM
1.64
12:42AM
1.69
2:06PM
1.65
1:29AM
1.50
2:45PM
1.67
4:42AM
0.09
3:58PM
1.02
5:17AM
0.15
4:40PM
1.01
5:51AM
0.24
5:22PM
1.01
6:23AM
0.35
6:08PM
1.02
6:54AM
0.48
6:59PM
1.03
7:23AM
0.63
8:00PM
1.03
7:52AM
0.78

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
03
Tuesday
04
Wednesday
05
Thursday
06
Friday
07
Saturday
08
Sunday
09
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
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2532362528301824261521231722241623231922241915
2325331921261416231315221417241315231518231515
2532362528301724261421231622241523231922241915
-6:13--6:13--6:13--6:15--6:16--6:16--6:16--6:18
--7:58--7:57--7:55--7:54--7:53--7:52--7:52--

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very warm air temperatures (max 36°C on Mon afternoon, min 13°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 24°C on Fri afternoon, min 13°C on Fri night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the El Capitan Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for El Capitan provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at El Capitan can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our El Capitan surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (El Capitan) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for El Capitan may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

El Capitan is 16 km (10 miles) from Isla Vista. If you plan a vacation in Santa Barbara, look for hotels and other accommodation in Isla Vista. Isla Vista has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.