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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
DriftwoodsRincon pointRincon pointMain streetJalamaBeavers hazardsDriftwoodsEd sDriftwoodsCampus pointBeavers hazardsRazorbladesCampus pointRincon pointEl capitanCampus pointEl capitanPismo beach pier
Rating1
1
1
2
4
3
2
2
2
2
3
4
5
5
8
5
7
5
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
1.1

NW
1.7

NW
1.3

NW
0.8

WNW
1.4

NW
0.4

SSW
0.4

WNW
0.7

WNW
1.2

NW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
4.0

NW
4.0

NW
4.0

NW
1.7

NW
Period(s) (?)13131410101010516191815891681514
Energy(?)596167225592348115102100143280675138014808258195272331203
Wind
(km/h)
5 WSW5
5 ENE5
10 S10
15 WNW15
15 N15
10 SW10
10 WSW10
5 NNE5
10 SW10
10 WSW10
10 NNW10
15 NW15
25 WNW25
10 N10
5 NW5
10 NNW10
15 NNW15
20 N20
Wind State(?)cross-
on
glasscross-
on
oncross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
glasscross-
off
offcross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

10:23PM
1.75
10:21AM
1.94

10:57PM
1.32
10:40AM
1.65

11:37PM
1.23
11:05AM
1.65

1:04AM
1.50
11:46AM
1.93

1:40AM
1.36
12:14PM
1.90

3:11AM
1.31
12:58PM
1.85
Low Tide
/ height (m)
4:13PM
0.56
4:12AM
0.72

4:49PM
0.15
4:30AM
0.46

5:25PM
0.12
4:51AM
0.57

6:36PM
0.49

5:29AM
1.07
7:08PM
0.51

5:44AM
1.16


6:09AM
1.25
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
231921151325252327251922242023241719
Low °C
211718151217252122241816231614241412
Chill °C (?)
231921141125252327251922242023241619
Sunrise
--7:01--7:05--7:05--7:07--7:07--7:11
Sunset
6:27--6:28--6:23--6:22--6:21--6:20--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
1.1

NW
1.1

NW
0.8

WNW
0.4

SW
0.5

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.7

WNW
1.2

NW
0.5

SSW
1.8

WNW
2.5

WNW
0.4

SW
2.1

WNW
1.7

NW
Period (s)13131410101013561618151491613814
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

SSE
0.3

W
0.3

W
0.4

SW
0.4

SW
0.3

SW
0.3

SSE
0.4

NW
0.4

SSW
0.4

WNW
0.5

NW
0.8

WNW
0.2

S
0.6

WNW
0.3

SSW
0.1

S
1.6

NW
0.3

SSW
Period (s)10441314189101619119121614131522
Wind waves (m) & direction
0.4

WNW
0.5

WNW

-
0.7

NW
1.7

NW
1.3

NW
0.8

WNW
1.4

NW
1.1

NW
0.9

WNW
1.1

NW
1.2

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
4.0

NW
4.0

NW
4.0

NW
2.1

NW
Period (s)34-51010105567789168159


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.