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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
OceanoBeavers hazardsSewersOceanoOceanoMain streetEl capitanRincon 2OceanoMesaRincon 2OceanoBeavers hazardsRincon 2Rincon pointMesaRincon pointPismo beach pier
Rating2
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.4

NW
0.8

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.2

NW
1.1

WNW
1.5

NW
0.4

SW
1.5

W
1.9

NW
1.1

W
1.7

W
1.9

NW
1.3

WNW
1.7

W
1.4

WNW
0.9

W
1.6

W
1.3

WNW
Period(s) (?)7777871667667666666
Energy(?)173692241601532426116739410024340514321813550190116
Wind
(km/h)
10
10
5
10
15
10
10
15
5
10
15
5
10
15
5
10
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10
Wind State(?)oncross-
on
glassononcross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
glassoncross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
off
glassononcross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
12:09PM

10:20PM
12:42PM

11:10PM
1:36PM

12:22PM
11:30PM

2:30PM
12:23AM

3:10PM
1:01AM

3:32PM
1:25AM
10:15PM
Low Tide
/ height (m)

5:18AM
4:23PM

5:50AM
4:30PM

6:26AM
4:51PM

7:23AM
6:31PM

4:23PM
7:30AM
7:29PM

8:30AM

8:08PM
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Summary
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High °C
202713171811262513222413242422222415
Low °C
172611131711212411202311192418202414
Chill °C (?)
20271217189262512222412242422222414
Sunrise
5:50--5:50--5:50--5:50--5:52--5:50--
Sunset
-8:15--8:20--8:14--8:14--8:13--8:13-
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.1

WNW
0.2

WSW
0.9

WSW
1.0

WNW
0.3

SW
1.4

WNW
0.4

SW
0.4

WSW
0.9

WSW
0.4

SW
0.4

WSW
0.9

WSW
0.4

SW
0.3

SW
0.4

SW
0.4

WSW
0.4

WSW
0.7

WSW
Period (s)7111171471610111010119129799
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

SW
0.2

S
0.3

SSW
0.3

SW
0.2

SSW
0.3

SW
0.1

S
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.3

SW
0.2

S
0.1

S
0.2

SSW
0.1

SW
0.1

S
0.2

W
Period (s)161213141716101412141414141210131211
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.4

NW
0.8

WNW
1.5

WNW
1.2

NW
1.1

WNW
1.5

NW
1.1

WNW
1.5

W
1.9

NW
1.1

W
1.7

W
1.9

NW
1.3

WNW
1.7

W
1.4

WNW
0.9

W
1.6

W
1.3

WNW
Period (s)777787567667666666


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.