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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
DepressionsDriftwoodsBeavers hazardsDriftwoodsOceanoBeavers hazardsHobson sDriftwoodsRincon pointSewersCampus pointTarantulasSaint annesCampus pointPismo beach pierBeavers hazardsPismo beach pierOceano
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.9

WNW
0.4

SW
0.4

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.5

WNW
0.7

WNW
1.6

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.0

NW
3.0

WNW
4.0

NW
3.5

NW
3.5

NW
1.3

NW
1.4

NW
1.3

NW
2.4

NW
Period(s) (?)1013211619187791616151481415149
Energy(?)160461431002032832301152146539704796655448991412586773639878
Wind
(km/h)
10 SW10
10 WSW10
10 N10
5 WSW5
10 WNW10
20 NNW20
10 WSW10
30 NW30
20 N20
15 N15
10 NW10
25 NNW25
15 NNW15
5 N5
10 N10
15 NNW15
20 NNW20
15 NNE15
Wind State(?)oncross-
on
offcross-
on
oncross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
10:46AM

11:44PM
11:09AM

12:33AM
10:44AM
11:40AM

1:40AM
12:12PM

3:37AM
1:00PM


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2:31PM

Low Tide
/ height (m)

5:29PM
4:58AM

6:13PM

5:22AM
7:01PM

5:42AM
7:58PM
8:23PM
6:12AM
5:31PM

9:13PM
7:19AM


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Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
242622272018212420192415202619262322
Low °C
192520231813191915122314132514162218
Chill °C (?)
242622272018212420192413202619262322
Sunrise
7:05--7:05--7:03--7:11--7:11--7:09--
Sunset
-6:23--6:24--6:22--6:20--6:19--6:20-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.9

WNW
0.5

NW
0.4

NW
0.8

WNW
0.5

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.5

SSW
1.9

WNW
3.0

NW
0.4

SW
1.8

NW
1.7

NW
0.4

SSW
1.3

NW
1.4

NW
1.3

NW
1.7

NW
Period (s)101010619181414816131514201415149
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.3

SSE
0.4

SW
0.4

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

NW
0.4

WNW
0.1

S
0.6

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.1

S
1.7

WNW
1.7

WNW
0.2

SSW
0.9

NW
0.3

SSW
0.5

S
1.2

NW
Period (s)913211616111712141413881316191814
Wind waves (m) & direction
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0.6

WNW
0.7

WNW

-
0.9

WNW
0.9

NW
1.6

WNW
3.5

WNW
3.0

WNW

-
3.0

WNW
4.0

NW
3.5

NW
3.5

NW
1.9

NW
1.5

WNW
1.7

WNW
2.4

NW
Period (s)-65-66779-16151487889


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.