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Sand Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.2
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.0

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Sand Beach Surf Guide

Sand Beach in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east northeast. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach break both left and right. It's often crowded here. Beware of rocks and rips.

Sand Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sand Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Sand 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 26% of the time in January while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 27% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
26%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
47%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
27%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sand Beach Location Map

Interactive Sand 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 Sand Beach is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 73 km (45 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sand Beach is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 77 km (48 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Sand Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 17 May 2021, 06:31 Local Time
Monday 17
8AM11AM2PM5PM
Wave (m) 0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 5
WNW 10
SW 20
WSW 20
W
Wind State cross-
on
on on cross-
on

Swell History at Sand Beach

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

Wind History at Sand Beach

Wind stats for Sand 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 Sand Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Sand Beach: