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Santa Cruz Surf

Detailed Santa Cruz 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 Cruz. 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 Cruz. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Santa Cruz over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Santa Cruz and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Santa Cruz Surf Forecast

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Santa Cruz 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 Cruz Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Santa Cruz coastline are also listed below.

Santa Cruz Photos

Santa Cruz Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Santa Cruz
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.4

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.3

WNW
3.5

NW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
3.5

NW
2.3

NW
2.2

WNW
2.1

NW
3.0

NW
3.0

NW
1.9

NW
1.4

NW
2.1

NW
1.7

NW
1.5

WNW
1.8

NW
Period(s) (?)161414161515151414151414131313121111
Energy(?)9091351203158464334358154382095194118103773324611826231429822583836
Wind
(km/h)
0 S0
10 WNW10
20 NW20
5 NE5
5 WSW5
20 NW20
0 NNE0
5 WSW5
15 NW15
5 N5
10 WNW10
25 NNW25
5 NE5
5 NNE5
15 NNW15
5 NE5
5 NW5
20 NNW20
Wind State(?)glasscross-
on
offoffglassoffglassglassoffcross-
off
oncross-
off
offglasscross-
off
offglasscross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
1:34AM
12:37PM

2:33AM
1:14PM

3:47AM
1:59PM
2:02PM
1:32AM

5:18AM
3:00PM

6:36AM
4:20PM

7:20AM
5:34PM
Low Tide
/ height (m)

6:05AM
6:36PM
7:17PM

6:34AM

8:06PM
7:47AM

9:07PM
8:35AM

10:17PM
10:52AM
6:05AM

12:03AM
12:09PM

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partially cloudy
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clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
151720141519131521161619172124222424
Low °C
14131912121991020131318151623201923
Chill °C (?)
151720131519131521151618172124222424
Sunrise
-7:16--7:18--7:18--7:18--7:20--7:22-
Sunset
--6:27--6:25--6:24--6:23--6:22--6:21
Swell1 (m) & direction
1.4

WNW
1.8

WNW
2.3

WNW
3.5

NW
3.0

WNW
3.0

WNW
2.4

WNW
2.3

NW
2.2

WNW
2.1

NW
1.8

NW
1.8

NW
1.9

NW
1.4

NW
1.5

NW
1.7

NW
1.5

WNW
1.3

WNW
Period (s)161414161515151414151414131313121111
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.9

WNW
0.5

SSW
0.6

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.4

WNW
0.7

NW
0.3

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.5

SSW
0.4

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.5

SSW
0.5

S
0.5

S
0.5

S
Period (s)101514141413181721201919181717161616
Wind waves (m) & direction
-

-
1.6

NW

-

-

-
3.5

NW

-

-

-
3.0

NW
3.0

NW

-
1.2

NW
2.1

NW

-

-
1.8

NW
Period (s)--6---15---1414-713--11


Santa Cruz Surf Breaks

Santa Cruz offers a wide variety of breaks and is known as a diverse and friendly place to surf. Reefs, Rivermouths, Beach breaks and Points are all in an abundance on this part of coast. From Waddell Creek to Sunset State Beach swell can batter you from several directions and wrap around to the little coves on the bigger days giving you plenty of options. Santa Cruz is among the most well known surf communities. The water temperature here can get a bit chilly so a 4/3 is needed for a lot of the year. Santa Cruz has produced a high caliber of surfers over the years so expect a certain standard when you head out.