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Leadbetter ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.4
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.2
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.4

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Leadbetter break guidePhoto by: Steve Broeffle

Leadbetter Surf Guide

Leadbetter in Santa Barbara is a sheltered point break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. 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 west. Best around low tide. Often Crowded. Watch out for rips and rocks.

Leadbetter Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Leadbetter:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Leadbetter with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 8% of the time in January while 7% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 85% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Leadbetter Location Map

Interactive Leadbetter 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 Leadbetter is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD) in USA, 62 km (39 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Leadbetter is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG), also in USA, 88 km (55 miles) away.

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Leadbetter Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 19 June 2021, 20:47 Local Time
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Leadbetter

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

Wind History at Leadbetter

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

Leadbetter Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.4
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.8
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.4
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.2
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s33.2
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.8
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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iRay from United States
“My favorite place to surf WHEN IT GETS BIG ! All the variables need to be in place. It only happens a few times per year. The east channel buoy must be bigger than 10 feet at 15 plus seconds. Leds doesn't start working until it's over head. Otherwise it's a small fickle. Once in a while it will pick up a south at the right angle. When Rincon is 10ft plus, Leds is the place to be. When it's inconsistent the stand up guys can be wave hogs.”

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    Reliability: consistent
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    Reliability: consistent
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