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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 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)

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  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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Light
6 km/h
W
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 Monday (Sep 20) at 5PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.1m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 0.6m and 15s. The wind is predicted to be cross-shore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at El Capitan in the next 12 days are 1.2m 13s and forecast to arrive on Thursday (Sep 23) at 11PM. Winds are predicted to be glassy at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.1m 5s period and expected on Thursday (Sep 23) at 2PM.

Wave TypeTime (PDT) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 5PM (Mon 20th Sep)3.5ft (1.1m) 12s
Best Surf 8PM (Mon 20th Sep)3.5ft (1.1m) 12s
Most Powerful11PM (Thu 23rd Sep)4ft (1.2m) 13s

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
Monday
20
Tuesday
21
Wednesday
22
Thursday
23
Friday
24
Saturday
25
Sunday
26
Monday
27
Tuesday
28
Wednesday
29
Thursday
30
Friday
01
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
222322022333322213332332213443312111
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T california.htsgw.metric.36.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.60.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.84.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.108.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.132.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.156.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.180.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.204.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.228.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.252.cc23
T california.htsgw.metric.276.cc23
0.7
NW
1.1
WNW
1.2
WNW
1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.7
WNW
1
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
1.1
WNW
1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.7
WNW
0.9
WNW
1
WNW
1
WNW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.9
NW
1.2
NW
1.2
NW
1.1
NW
0.9
WNW
0.9
NW
0.8
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.5
S
0.5
S
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157322451335255177111226150367347421274222177173173270392449419291288242242233429739693496347257178947881
10
SSW
10
WSW
5
E
10
S
5
SW
5
N
10
WSW
20
WNW
10
NNW
5
SW
10
WSW
0
W
10
S
10
SW
0
NW
10
SW
10
WSW
5
ENE
5
SSW
10
SW
10
ESE
10
SSW
10
WSW
5
N
10
SW
10
W
5
NNW
10
SW
15
NW
10
N
10
WSW
10
WNW
5
NNW
5
SW
10
WNW
5
N
cross-
on
crosscrossoncross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
off
offcross-
on
cross-
on
glassoncross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassoncross-
on
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
crossglasscross-
on
cross-
off
offcross-
on
crossglasscross-
on
cross-
off
glass
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
2:58PM
1.66
8:16AM
1.43
4:30PM
1.67
8:14AM
1.48
5:43PM
1.74
8:24AM
1.54
6:38PM
1.83
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
10:25PM
0.69
11:44PM
0.63
10:36AM
1.41
12:39AM
0.55
12:09PM
1.34
1:19AM
0.46
12:58PM
1.23
1:52AM
0.39

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
Tuesday
28
Wednesday
29
Thursday
30
Friday
01
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Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 33°C on Wed afternoon, min 18°C on Mon morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Warm (max 28°C on Thu morning, min 15°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Warm (max 26°C on Tue afternoon, min 14°C on Sun night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 32°C on Thu afternoon, min 18°C on Wed 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.