Santa Cruz County
Wave Heights

Near Shore Wave Height Forecast
*Santa Cruz County surf and weather forecast based on Steamer Lane

This Afternoon
This Afternoon<br>Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West southwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
SundaySunday<br>Rain and thunderstorms likely before 3pm, then rain likely between 3pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm.  Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.  Chance of preci
Memorial Day
Memorial Day<br>Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. West wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
Tuesday<br>Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Wednesday<br>Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
Thursday<br>Sunny, with a high near 62.
Friday<br>Sunny, with a high near 63.
01AM-4mph from the ENE
04AM-9mph from the W
10AM-15mph from the W
01PM-15mph from the W
04PM-13mph from the WSW
10PM-12mph from the W
01AM-11mph from the W
04AM-14mph from the WNW
10AM-19mph from the WNW
01PM-19mph from the W
04PM-17mph from the W
10PM-7mph from the WNW
01AM-6mph from the WNW
04AM-3mph from the NNW
10AM-9mph from the W
01PM-14mph from the W
04PM-16mph from the W
10PM-13mph from the W
01AM-5mph from the WNW
04AM-6mph from the WNW
10AM-5mph from the NW
01PM-6mph from the WNW
04PM-11mph from the W
10PM-11mph from the WNW
01AM-7mph from the WNW
04AM-6mph from the NW
10AM-5mph from the WNW
01PM-7mph from the NW
04PM-10mph from the W
10PM-9mph from the WNW
01AM-7mph from the WNW
04AM-5mph from the WNW
10AM-5mph from the WNW
01PM-7mph from the W
04PM-9mph from the W
10PM-9mph from the WNW
01AM-7mph from the WNW
04AM-5mph from the WNW
10AM-4mph from the WNW
01PM-6mph from the W
04PM-10mph from the W
10PM-8mph from the WNW

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 Cruz 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