Santa Barbara County
Wave Heights

Near Shore Wave Height Forecast
*Santa Barbara County surf and weather forecast based on Rincon Point

Today<br>Patchy fog before 11am.  Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
ThursdayThursday<br>Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning.
Friday<br>Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Saturday<br>Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.
Sunday<br>A slight chance of rain.  Partly sunny, with a high near 61.
Monday<br>A slight chance of rain.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Tuesday<br>Sunny, with a high near 64.
01AM-3mph from the ENE
04AM-5mph from the ENE
10AM-2mph from the S
01PM-7mph from the SW
04PM-7mph from the SW
10PM-6mph from the NE
01AM-3mph from the E
04AM-3mph from the E
10AM-6mph from the ENE
01PM-7mph from the S
04PM-7mph from the S
10PM-5mph from the ESE
01AM-6mph from the ESE
04AM-6mph from the E
10AM-8mph from the SE
01PM-10mph from the S
04PM-10mph from the S
10PM-6mph from the SE
01AM-5mph from the SE
04AM-5mph from the ESE
10AM-2mph from the S
01PM-5mph from the SSW
04PM-7mph from the SW
10PM-5mph from the W
01AM-3mph from the W
04AM-3mph from the W
10AM-5mph from the WNW
01PM-6mph from the W
04PM-10mph from the W
10PM-8mph from the WNW
01AM-6mph from the NW
04AM-5mph from the NW
10AM-5mph from the NNE
01PM-5mph from the ENE
04PM-6mph from the W
10PM-6mph from the NNW
01AM-6mph from the N
04AM-7mph from the NNE
10AM-7mph from the NNE
01PM-5mph from the E
04PM-7mph from the W
10PM-5mph from the NW

How this works

This chart shows you 7-days worth of swell/weather/wind information all in place. You have “incoming swell” (in feet) charted by the blue line on the gray graph. You have the weather icons for each day below the graph and you have the wind, speed and direction represented by the directional arrows topped by a blue “wind strength” indicator.

These nearshore wave height forecasts are custom built for each surf region using an average/above-average indicator break as a focal point. These forecasts aren’t just some knock-off of a generic Wavewatch III spectral point being regurgitated, these are true nearshore forecasts that use proprietary algorithms factoring in things like swell windows, island shadowing, bathymetry data, swell-period travel time, and other critical forecast components that tune the nearshore forecast specifically for your region, giving you a good solid overview of incoming swell, weather and wind, so that you can go out and find the best spot to score.

Santa Barbara County Offshore Swell Forecast

How this works

The Offshore Swell Forecast shows you the 7-day forecast starting at the current time and going out from the latest forecast run. Mousing over any part of the graph (any line including the solid shaded area in the background) will pop up a new box near your pointer that shows the DATE/TIME/COMBINED BUOY HEIGHT in the top of the box, and then the specifics of the line you are hovering over like SWELL HEIGHT, SWELL PERIOD, SWELL DIRECTION (both in Simple Compass direction, like Northwest, and specific degrees 308). If you follow the contour of the line you can see hour by hour how that swell behaves over the course of the forecast period.

*Note: clicking on an individual swell in the legend of the chart you can “hide” that data stream making the chart easier to navigate