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East Surfing

California, South > Ventura County
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Although the Santa Barbara area is on a south-facing coastline, the swell window to the S and SW is entirely blocked by the presence of the four large Channel Islands. Point Conception further narrows the window of opportunity to W and NW swells that wrap around the cape and bend into Santa Barbara. When this happens, what's lacking in quantity is made up in quality at an unrivalled series of right pointbreaks. This set-up is the best in California on a medium to large SW-W swell. Straddling both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, this south facing coast is tricky; you can burn a lot of miles chasing a wave. The east part of Ventura from 'C' Street to Oxnard is clear of island shadows on direct S swells. On the extreme west end of the area, the Hollister and Bixby ranch areas near Point Conception are clear of the islands and pick up swells from due S to full N, depending on the spot. North of Conception, the west facing coast is exposed to prevailing winds and more swell, making spots like Jalama, Surf Beach and Point Sal classic for S wind or early morning sessions.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                       
6 - 18°C
3/2
8 - 19°C
3/2
11 - 21°C
4/3
14 - 24°C
4/3
12 - 23°C
4/3
6 - 20°C
3/2
+ Many right pointbreaks
+ Good wind patterns
+ Great weather
+ Entertaining area
- Swell shadows
- Constant competitive crowd
- Relatively cool water
- Pollution
- Urban atmosphere
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Silver Strand Star Star 2ft 13secs 321° 1mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 12
2
S - NW Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon County Line/Yerba Buena Beach 1ft 12secs 286° 1mph Clear No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks No Data Available 8
3
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon New Jetty/South Jetty Star 1.5ft 13secs 281° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Right Pier, Groyne or Jetty Sand 8
2
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Staircase Beach 1ft 12secs 286° 1mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
1
S - NW North Easterly High Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Port Hueneme Beach Park 1ft 6secs 311° 1mph Clear No Reports Available. Pier, Groyne or Jetty Peaks Sand 6
1
S - NW Easterly High Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Ormond Beach 2ft 13secs 321° 1mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
1
S - NW North Easterly High Tide Only