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Surf Beach Surf Guide

Surf Beach in Santa Barbara is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rips and sharks.

Surf Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Surf Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Surf Beach occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Surf 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 39% of the time in January while 59% 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
39%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
59%
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 Surf Beach Location Map

Interactive Surf 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 Surf Beach is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Surf Beach is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 150 km (93 miles) away.

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Surf Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 05:00 Local Time
Wednesday 10
2AM5AM8AM11AM
Wave (m)
0.5
NW
0.5
NW
0.5
NW
0.5
NW
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
15
15
15
20
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
on on

Swell History at Surf Beach

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

Wind History at Surf Beach

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

Surf Beach Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Ratings
Based on 1 vote.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Matthew Garcia from United States
“The waves here are very powerful and the barrels here will make your head spin. When the surf is 6ft+ conditions are epic. Just be aware that there has been a fatal shark attack here. Also know that an attack can happen at any beach so live life and enjoy yourself if you are trying to get some waves. If it is your time, then there is nothing you can do anyway.”

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Surf Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: very consistent
    21km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: consistent
    22km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    28km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    30km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    30km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Surf Beach: