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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
CojoOceanoCojoCojoCojoJalamaCojoBeavers hazardsSewersCampus pointBeavers hazardsPismo beach pierRincon pointBeavers hazardsHobson sBeavers hazardsBeavers hazardsFernald point
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.4

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
1.3

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.6

W
2.1

NW
1.5

WNW
1.9

W
2.5

NW
1.6

W
2.1

WNW
2.2

W
2.0

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.5

WNW
Period(s) (?)991016169958768767678
Energy(?)313299278283295288217147519198288760269320522272469717
Wind
(km/h)
20 NW20
15 W15
10 NW10
10 WSW10
20 WNW20
15 NNW15
20 WNW20
20 WNW20
5 ENE5
10 WSW10
25 NW25
15 NNW15
10 SW10
30 NW30
5 NNW5
35 NW35
35 NW35
15 NNW15
Wind State(?)cross-
off
oncross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crossglasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

11:31PM
2:48PM
11:54PM

4:24PM
1:02AM

5:47PM
1:37AM

6:08PM
2:54AM

6:25PM
4:22AM

2:48PM
6:45PM

Low Tide
/ height (m)

5:30PM

8:10AM
6:45PM

9:17AM
7:17PM

7:19AM
10:01AM

9:39PM
11:00AM

11:20PM
11:38AM

12:27AM
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partially cloudy
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partially cloudy
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partially cloudy
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clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
131412141412142210212814212320181713
Low °C
11131113141112221017241119201513168
Chill °C (?)
11131013131012228212812212320171511
Sunrise
5:58--5:58--5:56--5:54--5:52--5:54--
Sunset
-7:59--7:58--7:57--7:58--7:59--7:59-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.5

SSW
1.3

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.2

WNW
0.9

WSW
1.3

WNW
0.6

SSW
0.4

SW
1.7

WNW
0.4

WSW
0.2

SSW
1.2

WSW
0.7

W
0.2

S
0.6

SW
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.6

SW
Period (s)1691091391514810141381711151511
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

SSW
0.4

SW
0.6

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.8

SSW
0.7

SSW
0.1

S
0.1

S
0.7

SSW
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.4

SW
0.2

W
0.2

SSW
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.2

SSW
0.2

S
Period (s)131617161615231814171916121520151918
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.4

WNW

-
1.2

WNW

-
1.1

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.6

W
2.1

NW
1.5

WNW
1.9

W
2.5

NW
1.6

W
2.1

WNW
2.2

W
2.0

WNW
2.3

WNW
2.5

WNW
Period (s)9-10-99958768767678


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.