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Refugio State Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.9

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Refugio State Beach break guidePhoto by: Brian Marius

Refugio State Beach Surf Guide

Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed beach and point break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Beware of rips, rocks, private, locals and sharks.

Refugio State Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and pointIcon  s32.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Refugio State Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Refugio State Beach occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Refugio State Beach 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 59% of the time in January while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
59%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
32%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
9%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Refugio State Beach Location Map

Interactive Refugio State Beach 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 Refugio State Beach is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 55 km (34 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Refugio State Beach is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 96 km (60 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Refugio State Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 November 2020, 02:54 Local Time
Sunday 29
1AM4AM7AM10AM
Wave (m) 1.2
NW
1.2
NW
1.2
NW
1.2
WNW
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 5
N 5
NNE 10
NE 5
SSW
Wind State off off off glass

Swell History at Refugio State Beach

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

Wind History at Refugio State Beach

Wind stats for Refugio State Beach, 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 Refugio State Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    5km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Refugio State Beach: