Surfing in Carpinteria State Beach, Santa Barbara, California USA

Wave quality :
Wave type:
beach break
left and right
Swell direction:
Swell size:
1m/3ft up to 2m+/6ft+
Carpinteria State Beach is a protected beach in the state park of Carpinteria. It is located in the city of Carpinteria, at 12 mi/19.3 km south of Santa Barbara.

It is a retro beach and town, reminiscent of the 1950’s. It is full of natural bluffs, seal rookery and wetlands. When a visitor is walking through the trail, he/she is surrounded by intoxicating scents of eucalyptus, ocean and wild foliage alongside with the chilling sounds of the waves, children that are laughing, frog serenade in the lagoon, happy dogs and even the passing trains.

Carpinteria State Beach is a popular spot for surfers. The wave quality is normal and all surfers (experienced or not) can surf there. Type of the wave is beach – break with both right and left direction. The bottom of the sea is sandy. Power of the wave is hollow and fun and the length is normally 164 to 492 ft/50 to 150 m.

On good days the regular length is long, up to 492 to 800 ft/150 to 300 m. Good swell direction and good wind direction is west/southwest and swell size starts at less than 1 m/3 ft and holds up to 2 m+/6 ft. Best tide position is mid and high and best tide movement is rising and falling tides.