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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
OceanoCojoOceanoMain streetSurf beach 1CojoCojoSurf beach 1CojoCojoCojoCojoCojoJalamaCojoCojoCojoRincon point
Rating4
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.5

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.3

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.2

WNW
0.6

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.8

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.6

S
1.6

W
Period(s) (?)1010101010101092019171716161515146
Energy(?)1079731870622516346421216282339287293326254227224153152
Wind
(km/h)
15 WNW15
20 WNW20
15 WNW15
10 WNW10
10 W10
20 WNW20
15 NNW15
10 WNW10
20 WNW20
15 NNW15
20 WNW20
25 NW25
15 NNW15
10 W10
15 WNW15
10 NW10
20 NW20
20 W20
Wind State(?)cross-
on
cross-
off
ononcross-
on
cross-
off
offcross-
on
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)

5:06AM
7:56PM
7:40PM

6:28AM


7:30AM

8:27PM
8:26AM

8:53PM
5:06AM
9:16AM

9:24PM
10:04AM

Low Tide
/ height (m)
11:46PM
12:41PM

12:45AM
1:29PM

1:31AM
11:45PM


2:22AM

2:30PM
3:08AM

3:06PM
3:55AM

3:43PM
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partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
101214101213101213101314111313111417
Low °C
101113101012991281014101213111116
Chill °C (?)
7101381111811117111291212101216
Sunrise
-6:22--6:20--6:20--6:18--6:18--6:16-
Sunset
--7:39--7:38--7:39--7:40--7:40--7:37
Swell1 (m) & direction
2.3

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
1.3

WNW
0.8

WSW
1.2

WNW
0.6

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.8

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.7

S
0.6

S
0.2

S
Period (s)9101010101013920191717161615151414
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.2

SSW
0.3

S
0.3

SW
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.3

S
0.3

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SW
0.4

WNW
0.5

W
0.5

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.3

WNW
0.1

W
Period (s)161318151717192015151412111010101016
Wind waves (m) & direction
2.5

WNW
1.5

W

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-

-
0.4

NW
1.5

WNW

-
1.0

WNW
0.9

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.7

NW
0.6

WNW
0.4

WNW
0.3

W
0.3

WNW
0.7

WNW
1.6

W
Period (s)1011---310-9875562286


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.