About Sandspit

A rare, Kirra-style righthand barrel over an extremely shallow sand bottom, created by the Army Corps of Engineers when the breakwater was built to protect Santa Barbara Harbor. The wave is hard-hitting and dredging, beginning with a huge backwash coming out at an angle to the wave from the breakwater. Gets very crowded and very dangerous – expert surfers with tuberiding experience only. Needs big W swells and low tide. Tom Curren got the all-time longest California tuberide here.

A freak that doesn’t break very often. Park at the harbor shops and walk out along the breakwater; 90 minutes maximum parking time allowed. On really big swells, rides to the pier are possible.

User Rating
  • Stormrider Guide for Sandspit
  • Low to Mid Tide Low to Mid Tide
  • Right off a Pier, Groyne or Jetty Right off a Pier, Groyne or Jetty
  • Sand Sand
  • S - NW S - NW
  • North Easterly North Easterly
  • 8 2 Swell Range 2 - 8ft

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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