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Fernald Point break guidePhoto by: Christina Colberg

Fernald Point Surf Guide

Fernald Point in Santa Barbara is a reasonably exposed point break Offshore winds blow from the north. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. Likely to be crowded if working. Beware of - Rocks.

Fernald Point Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon pointPointIcon  s22.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
17.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Fernald Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Fernald Point occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Fernald Point (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Fernald Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 11% of the time in February while 10% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 79% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
11%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
10%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
79%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Fernald Point Location Map

Interactive Fernald Point surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Fernald Point is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD) in USA, 57 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Fernald Point is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG), also in USA, 94 km (58 miles) away.

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Fernald Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 June 2022, 06:44 Local Time
Sunday 26
8AM11AM2PM5PM
Wave (m)
0.4
SW
0.4
SW
0.4
SW
0.4
SW
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
5
10
15
15
Wind State glass cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Fernald Point

Surf stats for Fernald Point, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Fernald Point

Wind stats for Fernald Point, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Fernald Point. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach/breakwater
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: very consistent
    6km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Fernald Point: