Santa Barbara is famous for its beaches; there are several surfing spots that are popular with surfers. Some have great waves and some do but almost all the beaches have some sort of surfing. Located in California, Santa Barbara has things to do that will keep you occupied right through your stay here. With surfing being one of the main attractions, BBonline has chosen 5 great surfing spots to help you make the most of your stay here in Santa Barbara.
1. Big Drakes
The wave quality at Big Drakes is regional classic, normal length of the waves on a good day are between 300 and 500 meters. The direction of the swell and the wind is northwest. The swell starts working up at 3.5 meters and holds up to 4 meters. The Tide here is between low and mid. The spot only open to private access. During the weekend the spot is crowded, since this is a place which is popular with surfers.
2. El Capitan
El Capitan is a surfing spot for experienced surfers; the wave quality is world class. The waves are 150 to 300 meters on a normal day and 300 to 500 meters on a good day. The direction of the swell is West ward and the wind direction is North, Southeast, East and Northeast. There is a car park available in the campground off Highway 101. The El Capitan surfing spot is open to public access and is crowded during the weekends. This is a great place to come and enjoy surfing while staying at your Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast.
Driftwoods is a surfing spot that is open to the public and is accessible to all surfers. The wave quality is regional classic; the spot is sandy with rocks so you need to be a bit careful. Normal wave length is 50 to 150 meters on a normal day and 150 to 300 meters on a good day. Located close to your comfortable Santa Barbara Inn, this is a good spot to enjoy the surf and spend the day at the beach.
4. Campus Point
The wave quality at Campus Point is standard and the beach is sandy, located right near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. The surf spot is open to the public. On a normal day the wave length is less than 50 meters and on a good day it is between 150 to 300 meters. The direction of the swell is Northwest, West and Southeast with the wind direction at North, Southeast, East and Northeast. If you are not an experienced surfer, this is a good place to go surfing. Located near your spacious Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast, this is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a surfing picnic.
The Coral surfing spot is open to public access; the wave quality here is standard. The surfing spot is great for experienced surfers. On normal days the wave length is less than 50 meters and between 50 to 150 meters on a good day. During the week the spot is relatively empty and on weekends it is crowded. The spot offers some good challenges with all the corals and sharp rocks present. Just a short distance from your Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast, the Coral is a good spot to surf.