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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Santa Barbara

USA, California

Swell is much more consistent north of Point Conception, especially during the winter months. It can be double overhead at some Ranch points and Jalama and flat in Santa Barbara proper. West swells are best.

English (Translate this text in English): Swell is much more consistent north of Point Conception, especially during the winter months. It can be double overhead at some Ranch points and Jalama and flat in Santa Barbara proper. West swells are best.

English (Translate this text in English): Swell is much more consistent north of Point Conception, especially during the winter months. It can be double overhead at some Ranch points and Jalama and flat in Santa Barbara proper. West swells are best.

English (Translate this text in English): Swell is much more consistent north of Point Conception, especially during the winter months. It can be double overhead at some Ranch points and Jalama and flat in Santa Barbara proper. West swells are best.

Seasonal swell & wind variations:

Spring is cold and often windy with weakening swell coming from the north and west. Inconsistent but occasional fun waves. Cold water due to strong winds causing upwelling. Summer is flat south of Cojo Point on the Ranch due to shadowing by offshore islands. Occasional S and SW swells sneak through the channels though and create fun waves at some of the SB and Carpinteria points like Backside Rincon...don't count on it though.Fall can offer great west swell possiblities or be frustratingly flat. Usually clean conditions prevail with occasional offshores.Winter is the most consistent and powerful time of year with solid W and NW ground swells during a good season. W swells can light up all the points and spread the crowd around.

English (Translate this text in English): Spring is cold and often windy with weakening swell coming from the north and west. Inconsistent but occasional fun waves. Cold water due to strong winds causing upwelling. Summer is flat south of Cojo Point on the Ranch due to shadowing by offshore islands. Occasional S and SW swells sneak through the channels though and create fun waves at some of the SB and Carpinteria points like Backside Rincon...don't count on it though.Fall can offer great west swell possiblities or be frustratingly flat. Usually clean conditions prevail with occasional offshores.Winter is the most consistent and powerful time of year with solid W and NW ground swells during a good season. W swells can light up all the points and spread the crowd around.

English (Translate this text in English): Spring is cold and often windy with weakening swell coming from the north and west. Inconsistent but occasional fun waves. Cold water due to strong winds causing upwelling. Summer is flat south of Cojo Point on the Ranch due to shadowing by offshore islands. Occasional S and SW swells sneak through the channels though and create fun waves at some of the SB and Carpinteria points like Backside Rincon...don't count on it though.Fall can offer great west swell possiblities or be frustratingly flat. Usually clean conditions prevail with occasional offshores.Winter is the most consistent and powerful time of year with solid W and NW ground swells during a good season. W swells can light up all the points and spread the crowd around.

English (Translate this text in English): Spring is cold and often windy with weakening swell coming from the north and west. Inconsistent but occasional fun waves. Cold water due to strong winds causing upwelling. Summer is flat south of Cojo Point on the Ranch due to shadowing by offshore islands. Occasional S and SW swells sneak through the channels though and create fun waves at some of the SB and Carpinteria points like Backside Rincon...don't count on it though.Fall can offer great west swell possiblities or be frustratingly flat. Usually clean conditions prevail with occasional offshores.Winter is the most consistent and powerful time of year with solid W and NW ground swells during a good season. W swells can light up all the points and spread the crowd around.

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Seasons
Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
Best Surfing Season
Typical Swell Size
Surf Equipment Traje Fullsuit Traje Fullsuit Traje Fullsuit Traje de neopreno para surf (springsuit) Traje de neopreno para surf (springsuit) Traje Fullsuit
Water temp. 54°F
12°C
61°F
16°C
63°F
17°C
68°F
20°C
64°F
18°C
57°F
14°C
Air temp. 64°F
18°C
68°F
20°C
72°F
22°C
79°F
26°C
73°F
23°C
64°F
18°C
Climate            

Seasonal swell & wind variations

Spring is cold and often windy with weakening swell coming from the north and west. Inconsistent but occasional fun waves. Cold water due to strong winds causing upwelling. Summer is flat south of Cojo Point on the Ranch due to shadowing by offshore islands. Occasional S and SW swells sneak through the channels though and create fun waves at some of the SB and Carpinteria points like Backside Rincon...don't count on it though.Fall can offer great west swell possiblities or be frustratingly flat. Usually clean conditions prevail with occasional offshores.Winter is the most consistent and powerful time of year with solid W and NW ground swells during a good season. W swells can light up all the points and spread the crowd around.

English (Translate this text in English): Spring is cold and often windy with weakening swell coming from the north and west. Inconsistent but occasional fun waves. Cold water due to strong winds causing upwelling. Summer is flat south of Cojo Point on the Ranch due to shadowing by offshore islands. Occasional S and SW swells sneak through the channels though and create fun waves at some of the SB and Carpinteria points like Backside Rincon...don't count on it though.Fall can offer great west swell possiblities or be frustratingly flat. Usually clean conditions prevail with occasional offshores.Winter is the most consistent and powerful time of year with solid W and NW ground swells during a good season. W swells can light up all the points and spread the crowd around.

English (Translate this text in English): Spring is cold and often windy with weakening swell coming from the north and west. Inconsistent but occasional fun waves. Cold water due to strong winds causing upwelling. Summer is flat south of Cojo Point on the Ranch due to shadowing by offshore islands. Occasional S and SW swells sneak through the channels though and create fun waves at some of the SB and Carpinteria points like Backside Rincon...don't count on it though.Fall can offer great west swell possiblities or be frustratingly flat. Usually clean conditions prevail with occasional offshores.Winter is the most consistent and powerful time of year with solid W and NW ground swells during a good season. W swells can light up all the points and spread the crowd around.

English (Translate this text in English): Spring is cold and often windy with weakening swell coming from the north and west. Inconsistent but occasional fun waves. Cold water due to strong winds causing upwelling. Summer is flat south of Cojo Point on the Ranch due to shadowing by offshore islands. Occasional S and SW swells sneak through the channels though and create fun waves at some of the SB and Carpinteria points like Backside Rincon...don't count on it though.Fall can offer great west swell possiblities or be frustratingly flat. Usually clean conditions prevail with occasional offshores.Winter is the most consistent and powerful time of year with solid W and NW ground swells during a good season. W swells can light up all the points and spread the crowd around.

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Quality Direction Type Frequ Experience
Big Drakes 5 / -
Bone Yards 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Campus Point 16 / -
Right Point-break
Carpinteria Beach 6 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Depressions 10 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Devereux 8 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Driftwoods 2 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
ED's 1 / -
Right Point-break Pros or kamikaze only...
El Capitan 29 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Fernald Point - / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Government Point 5 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Hammonds Reef 8 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Haskells 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break Beginners wave
Hendry's beach - arroyo burro - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Hope Ranch 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Jalama 22 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
La conchita - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Leadbetter 3 / -
Right Point-break Beginners wave
Lefts and Rights - / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Lighthouse 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky All surfers
Magics 2 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Main Street 10 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Mesa Lane 3 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Miramar Beach - / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Naples 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Perkos 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Purisima Point Peak 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Refugio 10 / - Right Point-break All surfers
Rincon 7 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Rockpile 2 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Sands 21 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Sandspit 22 / 1
Right Sand-bar Experienced surfers
Santa Clause 1 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Seals - / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Shark park - / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only...
Skunk Point - / -
Right Sand-bar Experienced surfers
St Augustine Point - / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Surf beach 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Tajuigas Ranch 4 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Tarantulas 10 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Tarpits 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
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Mesa Lane
By Califdave
Mar 26, 2010
- Don't let the beauty of the place fool you. I had the worst "localism" experience of my 25 years of surfing all over the world, including Hawaii and The Ranch. There are some serious criminal low lifes who live near Mesa Lane, SB.&
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Refugio
By necromagus
Jan 24, 2009
Classic Refugio - Jeff, Annie, Reid, Maggie and I take the van to Refugio.  GREAT session
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By necromagus
Jan 20, 2009
Surf-aversary - A lunch time surf to celebrate 1 year of surfing for Jeff and I.  Maggie, Danielle, Tony were also there.  What a time.
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Hammonds Reef
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Jan 19, 2009
Butterfly Beach - Tony and me go to Butterfly beach (right next to Hammonds)
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Jalama
By necromagus
Jan 10, 2009
Checking out Jalama - Andri and I went up to Jalama, found a good spot and got a wave.  It was freaking cold and shortly after we got there the tide dropped out below us and the surf got small and mushy.  We tried to wait out the low tide, but the onshore w
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By Anonymous , 25-08-2008

- Need to escape the summer SB doldrums? From Gaviota, boat into Hollister Ranch. At least 10 high quality breaks. Perfect waves YEAR-ROUND and the prevailing wind is offshore all day long. See you in the line-up!

By fear beneath , 31-05-2008

northern santa barbara county - hey check out the shark forecast at http://www.fearbeneath.com all about northern santa barbara county!

By maro , 02-04-2008

july waves - i am going on surfari to santa barbara on july..i´ve noticed is the flat season.is this really true ?it wouldn´t be swell enough for good spots to break?thanks.aloha

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