About Campus Point

The surf usually isn't the best here, but it does have its epic days and is considerably more consistent than the county's more southerly or easterly beachbreaks. Campus Point requires a pretty big swell to reach its potential, and those kinds of swells usually coincide with foul S winds and overall crummy conditions. Nevertheless, Campus Point is a long wave with several sections, including a zippy inside wall during low tide.

Source: Campus Point Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to intermediate

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Just a bunch of people (mostly students) enjoying the water and waves, little more.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

The hordes flock to the surf spots of Isla Vista.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Soft, lined up pointbreak most days.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Mellow most days, a little extra work if it is solid.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean unless it just rained.

Additional Information


The UCSB crowd, getting run over.


All directions are oriented for northbound travelers. Exit 101 onto 217 and drive to the UCSB entrance gate. Hang a quick left and you'll eventually find the parking lot, which is across the street from the college dorms. There is a nominal fee to park here, and you can either pay at the entrance gate kiosk, or risk another parking ticket.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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