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West 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
4/3
8 - 19°C
4/3
11 - 21°C
3/2
14 - 24°C
3/2
12 - 23°C
3/2
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 Rincon Point 1ft 6secs 266° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Boulders 12
2
S - NW Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Hobson County Park 1ft 6secs 266° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Boulders and Sand 10
1
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Pitas Point/Faria County Park 1.5ft 8secs 271° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Boulders and Sand 12
2
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon California Street (C Street) Grey Star 1.5ft 9secs 278° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Boulders and Sand 12
1
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Faria Beach 1.5ft 8secs 271° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
1
S - NW North Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Little Rincon/Mussel Shoals 1ft 6secs 266° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Boulders 12
3
S - NW North Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Solimar Reef and Beach 1.5ft 8secs 271° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Boulders and Sand 8
3
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Emma Wood 1.5ft 8secs 271° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Boulders and Sand 20
3
S - NW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon La Conchita Beach 1ft 6secs 266° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
1
S - NW North Easterly Low to Mid Tide