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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

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 4 am Thursday 24 Jun 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 17.2 °C (Statistics for 24 Jun 1981-2005 - mean: 15.4 max: 16.7 min: 14.2 °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 17.2 °C (Statistics for 24 Jun 1981-2005 - mean: 15.4 max: 16.7 min: 14.2 °C)

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

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1 h 14 min ago

Light
8 km/h
WSW
Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for El Capitan this week:

The surf forecast for El Capitan over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Thursday (Jun 24) at 2PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.7m and 14s period with a secondary swell of 0.5m and 10s. Another secondary swell of 0.4m and 3s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at El Capitan in the next 12 days are 2.0m 9s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (Jun 29) at 2AM. Winds are predicted to be glassy at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.7m 6s period and expected on Friday (Jun 25) at 5PM.

Wave TypeTime (PDT) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 2PM (Thu 24th Jun)2.5ft (0.7m) 14s
Best Surf 8PM (Thu 24th Jun)2.5ft (0.8m) 16s
Most Powerful 2AM (Tue 29th Jun)6.5ft (2.0m) 9s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for El Capitan over the next 12 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 (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Thursday
24
Friday
25
Saturday
26
Sunday
27
Monday
28
Tuesday
29
Wednesday
30
Thursday
01
Friday
02
Saturday
03
Sunday
04
Monday
05
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
112121233223333222322213223323222222
T california.htsgw.metric.18.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.42.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.66.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.90.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.114.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.138.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.162.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.186.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.210.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.234.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.258.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.282.cc23
0.7
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.5
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.4
SW
0.6
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.5
SSW
1.7
WNW
1.9
WNW
1.8
WNW
1.6
WNW
2
WNW
1
WNW
0.5
SSW
0.9
WNW
0.8
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SW
0.7
SW
0.8
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.7
SW
0.7
SW
0.9
SSW
0.5
S
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
141516161621151616167798981610161716161617181716161615141415191514
186246203149295121169280288138234397464361577147155176284255179206258351207267436318318287208214372192242249
10

SW
15

WSW
15

N
10

WSW
20

WNW
15

NNW
10

SW
20

NW
10

N
10

SW
15

WNW
5

NE
10

SW
10

WSW
5

E
10

SW
10

WSW
5

SE
10

S
5

SSW
0

NNE
10

SSW
10

WSW
10

NNW
10

SW
10

W
5

N
10

SSW
10

WSW
5

E
10

SSW
10

SW
5

E
10

SSE
10

S
5

ESE
cross-
on
crossoffcross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
offcross-
on
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
oncross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
offcross-
on
crossglasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassoncross-
on
crossononcross-
on
11:05AM
1.55
9:48PM
2.48
12:00PM
1.56
10:36PM
2.42
12:54PM
1.57
11:26PM
2.30
1:49PM
1.58
12:17AM
2.13
2:43PM
1.61
1:11AM
1.93
3:37PM
1.66
2:11AM
1.72
4:26PM
1.71
3:23AM
1.52
5:10PM
1.77
4:49AM
1.38
5:49PM
1.83
6:18AM
1.32
6:23PM
1.89
7:35AM
1.32
6:56PM
1.95
8:37AM
1.35
7:28PM
2.00
3:28PM
1.06
5:16AM
-0.13
4:20PM
1.10
6:05AM
-0.08
5:15PM
1.13
6:55AM
0.02
6:15PM
1.17
7:44AM
0.15
7:24PM
1.19
8:32AM
0.31
8:45PM
1.19
9:19AM
0.48
10:15PM
1.12
10:04AM
0.64
11:39PM
1.00
10:48AM
0.78
12:45AM
0.84
11:32AM
0.91
1:36AM
0.69
12:14PM
1.01
2:17AM
0.54
12:56PM
1.08
2:53AM
0.42

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

Thursday
24
Friday
25
Saturday
26
Sunday
27
Monday
28
Tuesday
29
Wednesday
30
Thursday
01
Friday
02
Saturday
03
Sunday
04
Monday
05
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5:48--5:48--5:48--5:48--5:50--5:50--5:50--5:50--5:50--5:52--5:52--5:52--
-8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:15-

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 32°C on Sat afternoon, min 13°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Warm (max 35°C on Sun afternoon, min 20°C on Sun night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Warm (max 29°C on Fri afternoon, min 17°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 31°C on Sat afternoon, min 16°C on Mon 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 12 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.