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Santa Barbara Surf

Detailed Santa Barbara surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in Santa Barbara. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in Santa Barbara. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Santa Barbara over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Santa Barbara and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Santa Barbara Surf Forecast

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Santa Barbara Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the Santa Barbara Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Santa Barbara coastline are also listed below.

Santa Barbara Photos

Santa Barbara Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Santa Barbara
Beavers hazardsTajuigas ranchCampus pointEl capitanDriftwoodsCampus pointEl capitanPismo beach pierSealsPismo beach pierCampus pointRincon pointBeavers hazardsBeavers hazardsBeavers hazardsMain streetBeavers hazardsCampus point
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.7

WNW
1.1

NW
3.0

WNW
4.0

NW
2.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
4.0

NW
1.7

NW
3.5

WNW
1.5

NW
2.4

NW
2.5

WNW
2.4

NW
1.1

NW
1.0

NW
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.1

NW
Period(s) (?)18157141516151481515881313121212
Energy(?)283523106454523162454666931203128810192629799800444342521378314
Wind
(km/h)
15 NNW15
15 WNW15
30 NW30
15 NNW15
5 SSW5
15 WNW15
15 NNW15
15 N15
20 NW20
10 N10
15 NW15
10 N10
10 NNE10
5 SW5
5 SW5
10 NE10
10 SW10
15 W15
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffglassoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
offglassglasscross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
12:36AM
12:05PM

1:40AM
12:40PM

2:57AM
12:58PM
12:33AM


5:20AM
2:09PM

6:19AM
3:40PM

6:50AM
5:10PM
Low Tide
/ height (m)

5:53AM
6:38PM
7:01PM

6:21AM


6:09AM

9:30PM
7:19AM

10:29PM
5:22AM
9:45AM

11:33PM
11:31AM

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Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
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High °C
192325162224162028182526202929233130
Low °C
141522141523151327151826182029222529
Chill °C (?)
192325152224152028182526202929233130
Sunrise
-7:07--7:07--7:11--7:09--7:11--7:11-
Sunset
--6:21--6:20--6:19--6:15--6:17--6:15
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.7

WNW
1.1

NW
0.5

SSW
2.1

WNW
2.5

WNW
0.4

SW
1.8

WNW
1.7

NW
0.4

SSW
1.5

NW
0.5

SSW
1.7

WNW
1.6

WNW
1.1

NW
1.0

NW
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
1.1

NW
Period (s)18151481513814201519781313121212
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.5

NW
0.6

WNW
0.1

S
1.3

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.1

S
1.8

NW
0.3

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.6

WNW
1.1

NW
1.0

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.6

SSW
Period (s)1110121614131522132012141478161615
Wind waves (m) & direction
0.9

NW
1.0

NW
3.0

WNW
4.0

NW

-
3.0

WNW
4.0

NW
1.8

NW
3.5

WNW
1.6

NW
2.4

NW
2.5

WNW
2.4

NW

-

-

-

-

-
Period (s)56714-16158871588-----


Santa Barbara Surf Breaks

beach and reef
point
beach and reef
beach
reef and point
point
point
reef and point
point
beach and reef
reef
beach
beach and reef
beach
reef
point
sandbar
reef
point
beach and reef
beach
beach and reef
beach and point
beach and reef
beach and reef
beach/Breakwater
beach
beach
reef
beach and reef
beach
beach and reef
reef
beach and reef
beach and reef
reef

Santa Barbara is a south facing coastline and is best surfed in the winter and the fall. SW and W swells work best but large parts are blocked by 4 channel islands that sit just off the coast. Fantastic area to explore with plenty of facilities and parking at most of the popular breaks. The whole of the area can get very crowded and locals tend to like to keep thing to themselves so respect local etiquette. There are a mixture of sand and reef breaks. Early morning sessions are always scored best.