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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
Rincon 2DriftwoodsEl capitanMesaSewersPismo beach pierCojoJalamaCojoCojoJalamaJalamaCojoCojoMain streetCojoJalamaCojo
Rating3
3
3
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3
3
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3
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2
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.9

W
1.5

W
1.9

WNW
2.3

W
2.5

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.9

WNW
2.2

NW
1.4

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.5

NW
1.5

NW
1.2

NW
1.4

NW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.5

NW
1.4

WNW
Period(s) (?)6788999999910101010101010
Energy(?)2632174276091080603548711304280373398269363374354450371
Wind
(km/h)
15
15
15
10
20
15
20
10
10
5
5
10
10
5
10
20
20
25
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
glassglassoncross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
2:56PM
12:20AM

3:44PM
2:54PM
1:15AM

4:31PM
2:23AM

5:06PM
3:54AM

5:55PM

12:49AM
5:26AM
6:28PM

6:52AM
Low Tide
/ height (m)
6:10PM

8:14AM
7:26PM

8:58AM

9:11PM
6:16PM
9:47AM

10:49PM
10:48AM

12:18AM
11:25AM

1:07AM
12:13PM
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Summary
clearclearclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearsome cloudsclearclearclearsome cloudsclearclearclearsome cloudsclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
282234322230241920192019181815201720
Low °C
261924322024241519191618181513191316
Chill °C (?)
282234322230241920192019181815201620
Sunrise
--5:47--5:47--5:48--5:48--5:48--5:48
Sunset
8:10--8:12--8:15--8:15--8:15--8:16--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.4

SW
0.1

SW
0.2

SSW
0.6

WSW
1.3

WSW
0.2

SSW
0.5

S
2.2

NW
1.4

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.5

NW
1.5

NW
1.2

NW
1.2

WNW
1.3

WNW
0.4

SSW
1.5

NW
0.4

SSW
Period (s)12141510131615999910101010181016
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.1

SW
0.1

SW
0.2

SSW
0.1

SW
0.3

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.1

SW
0.5

S
0.5

S
0.5

S
0.5

S
0.5

S
0.5

S
0.4

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.4

S
0.4

SSW
0.3

S
Period (s)151413121616121514141413131315121712
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.9

W
1.5

W
1.9

WNW
2.3

W
2.5

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.9

WNW
0.3

ENE

-

-

-

-

-
1.4

NW

-
1.3

WNW
0.6

NNW
1.4

WNW
Period (s)67889993-----10-10410


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.