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Mesa break guidePhoto by: jorge vernaza

Mesa Surf Guide

Mesa in Santa Barbara is a reef break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west southwest. Best around mid tide. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Rocks are a hazard.

Mesa Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s22.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mesa:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mesa occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mesa 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 48% of the time in January while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 7% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
48%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
45%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
7%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Mesa Location Map

Interactive Mesa 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 Mesa is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD) in USA, 64 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mesa is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG), also in USA, 86 km (53 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Mesa Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 4 October 2022, 14:07 Local Time
Tuesday 04
2PM5PM8PM11PM
Wave (m)
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
Period (s) 16 16 16 15
Wind (km/h)
10
10
5
5
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Swell History at Mesa

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

Wind History at Mesa

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Mesa: