El Capitan in Santa Barbara County in Southern California is an inconsistent reef and point break that works best on South and Northwest swells.
Northerly winds at El Capitan tend to produce the most ideal and offshore surf conditions.
Winter is the best season for waves at this spot.
Best Surf Conditions for El Capitan
|Swell Direction||S, NW|
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Surf Reports & Forecasts for El Capitan
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Check out these surf reports for El Capitan. It’s interesting to note how differences in thing like quality of conditions, surf height, wind, and swell direction vary between the forecasts. Depending on the spot, one report may be more accurate than another.