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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
Beavers hazardsRincon 2CojoCojoCojoCojoBeavers hazardsRincon pointMain streetDriftwoodsCampus pointMesaHendry s beach arroyo burroRincon 2OceanoCojoCampus pointJalama
Rating1
2
2
2
1
2
1
1
4
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3
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3
1
3
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.4

WSW
1.3

W
1.3

WNW
0.7

WNW
0.8

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.1

W
1.4

W
2.3

NW
1.1

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.7

W
1.7

W
1.8

W
2.5

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.0

W
1.2

NW
Period(s) (?)14681212966898101169968
Energy(?)6213024113816419094151665203534573669236108454781206
Wind
(km/h)
10 SW10
10 WSW10
20 NNW20
5 WSW5
25 NW25
20 NNW20
10 W10
15 SW15
10 NW10
10 SW10
10 W10
5 NW5
10 WSW10
15 WSW15
5 NNW5
15 WNW15
20 WSW20
15 N15
Wind State(?)cross-
on
cross-
off
offcross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
oncross-
on
oncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)


1:00AM


2:10AM

7:43PM
3:39AM

7:37PM

5:06AM
7:48PM

6:17AM


Low Tide
/ height (m)
8:37AM


9:29AM
8:16AM


10:59AM

9:58PM
11:56AM

11:49PM
12:41PM

12:48AM
1:19PM

1:32AM
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partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
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Summary
clearsome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsclearsome cloudsclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
222016222116282410222117161710131910
Low °C
151911192015222391820121317910179
Chill °C (?)
222015222115282492221171617812197
Sunrise
6:24--6:26--6:22--6:20--6:18--6:20--
Sunset
-7:30--7:36--7:32--7:35--7:34--7:37-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.7

W
0.4

W
0.5

WSW
1.0

WNW
0.8

WNW
0.5

WSW
0.5

W
0.5

W
2.0

WNW
1.1

W
0.4

WSW
0.7

WSW
0.4

WSW
0.2

WSW
2.3

WNW
1.0

WSW
0.1

SW
0.6

WNW
Period (s)6814612139889121014149131610
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.4

WSW
0.2

WSW
0.4

SW
0.7

WNW
0.4

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.3

SW
0.1

SW
0.3

SW
0.1

SW
0.2

SSW
0.3

WSW
0.1

SW
0.1

S
0.2

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.1

S
0.4

SSW
Period (s)141515121518141414161113161515151316
Wind waves (m) & direction
0.6

WNW
1.3

W
1.3

WNW

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0.9

WNW
1.1

WNW
1.1

W
1.4

W
2.3

NW
1.1

WNW
2.0

WNW
1.7

W
1.7

W
1.8

W
2.5

WNW
1.8

WNW
1.0

W
1.2

NW
Period (s)768-6966898101169968


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.