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Government Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Government Point break guidePhoto by: Mike

Government Point Surf Guide

Government Point in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the north. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. It very rarely gets crowded here. Hazards include rips and rocks.

Government Point Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
11.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Government Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Government 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 Government Point (for consistent clean waves)?

septemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Government Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 18% of the time in September while 6% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 76% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
18%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
6%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
76%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Government Point Location Map

Interactive Government 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 Government Point is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 34 km (21 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Government Point is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 128 km (80 miles) away.

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Government Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 20:01 Local Time
WedThu
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 1.4
NW
0.9
SW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
Period (s) 10 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 20
NW 15
NNW 10
N 15
N
Wind State cross-
off
off off off

Swell History at Government Point

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

Wind History at Government Point

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

Government Point Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 1 vote.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.3
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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N/A from United States
“Shark attack here again, Oct 23rd 2012. Previous attack summer/fall 2010... just FYI”

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