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Main Street Surf Guide

Main Street in Santa Barbara is a sandbar break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the east southeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. The sandbar break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

Main Street Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon sandbar  redSandbarIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
14.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Main Street:

The best conditions reported for surf at Main Street occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Main Street 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 32% of the time in January while 66% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
32%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
66%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
2%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Main Street Location Map

Interactive Main Street 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 Main Street is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Main Street is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL), also in USA, 154 km (96 miles) away.

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Main Street Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 7 October 2022, 11:03 Local Time
Friday 07
8AM11AM2PM5PM
Wave (m)
0.6
SW
0.6
SSW
0.5
SW
0.5
SW
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
10
15
20
20
Wind State cross-
on
on on on

Swell History at Main Street

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

Wind History at Main Street

Wind stats for Main Street, 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 Main Street. Click below to view there surf guides.


Wave Buoys Nearest To Main Street: