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Santa Clause break guidePhoto by: Oliver

Santa Clause Surf Guide

Santa Clause in Santa Barbara is a beach break that has very consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Sometimes crowded.

Santa Clause Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
18.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Santa Clause:

The best conditions reported for surf at Santa Clause occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Santa Clause with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 34% of the time in November while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 26% 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 Santa Clause Location Map

Interactive Santa Clause 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 Santa Clause is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD) in USA, 51 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Santa Clause is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG), also in USA, 100 km (62 miles) away.

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Santa Clause Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 7 October 2022, 12:58 Local Time
Friday 07
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross-
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Swell History at Santa Clause

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

Wind History at Santa Clause

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

Santa Clause Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s11.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s55.0
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Oakland from United States
“Juvenile sharks are seen from time to time, usually in winter. Keep an eye out!”

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