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El Capitan
[Updated 18 minutes ago]

El Capitan Swells & Tide


Surf Height

1-2 ft

TIDE 3.5 ft
SWELL1 3.2 ft, 303° @ 18s
SWELL2 1.8 ft, 282° @ 6s
SWELL3 0.7 ft, 195° @ 18s
WIND N @ 2 mph  
(offshore)

El Capitan Tides

Today's tide chart for El Capitan


high 5:21 AM 4.1'
current tide 7:56 AM 3.5'
low 11:06 AM 2.6'
high 3:56 PM 3.5'
low 10:36 PM 1.1'

Synopsis


Long period swell from the WNW is working with long period swell from the SSW to generate surf with average wave heights of 0-1 ft and set waves reaching 1-2 ft, with a dominant period of 18 seconds. Recent winds have been very light and trending offshore from the N, averaging 2 mph. As of 7:37 AM wind is very light and offshore from the N (10) at 2 mph. A recently-passed 4.1' high tide at 5:21 AM is now dropping to a 2.6' low at 11:06 AM.

El Capitan Weather



Sunny
Air 46° F
Water 61° F
Sunrise 6:51 AM
Sunset 4:49 PM

Swell Analysis

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Height Direction Period
swell1 4 ft 20° 6s
swell2 6 ft 10s
swell3 4 ft 20° 6s
windwave 9 ft 42° 9s
wind NNE (42°) @ 4 mph  
(offshore)
The dominant energy hitting El Capitan is from a combination of swells which together, beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, form a field. I will meet you there. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you: this place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like the dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. Your soul and my soul once sat together in the Beloved's womb playing footsie. Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.

There was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.” Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.

Nearby Buoys


WEST SANTA BARBARA 38 NM WEST OF SANTA BARBARA, CA

35 min ago

9.5'   NW   17 sec

Significant Wave Height / Mean Direction / Dominant Period
SWELL & WIND WAVES
(01)
9.18' NW @ 17.4 sec
(02)
1.31' WNW @ 4 sec

HARVEST, CA (071)

35 min ago

12.5'   NW   17 sec

Significant Wave Height / Mean Direction / Dominant Period
SWELL & WIND WAVES
(01)
11.48' NW @ 16.7 sec
(02)
4.92' NW @ 9.1 sec

Long-range Swell Forecast

El Capitan 16-Day Surf Forecast


7 Day
16 Day
[Updated 18 minutes ago]

  N @ 2 mph

  Sunny

1-2 ft

Water: 61°F

Tide: 3.5'

Synopsis

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:19 AM


EL CAPITAN SURF REPORT:

Long period swell from the WNW is working with long period swell from the SSW to generate surf with average wave heights of 0-1 ft and set waves reaching 1-2 ft, with a dominant period of 18 seconds. Recent winds have been very light and trending offshore from the N, averaging 2 mph. As of 7:37 AM wind is very light and offshore from the N (10) at 2 mph. A recently-passed 4.1' high tide at 5:21 AM is now dropping to a 2.6' low at 11:06 AM. (...read more)

Swell Analysis


Swell/Wind Analysis

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Height Direction Period Energy
swell1 4 ft 20° 6s 420 kJ
swell2 6 ft 10s 42 kJ
swell3 4 ft 20° 6s 69 kj
windwave 9 ft 42° 9s 420 kj
wind NNE (42°) @ 4 mph  
(offshore)

The dominant energy hitting El Capitan is from a combination of swells which together, beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, form a field. I will meet you there. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you: this place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like the dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. Your soul and my soul once sat together in the Beloved's womb playing footsie. Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.

Tides

Today's tide chart for El Capitan


high 5:21 AM 4.1'
current tide 7:56 AM 3.5'
low 11:06 AM 2.6'
high 3:56 PM 3.5'
low 10:36 PM 1.1'

El Capitan Weather



Sunny
Air 46° F
Water 61° F
Wind
offshore
2 mph
Sunrise 6:51 AM
Sunset 4:49 PM

Long-range Swell Forecast

El Capitan 16-Day Surf Forecast


7 Day
16 Day

Nearby Buoys


WEST SANTA BARBARA 38 NM WEST OF SANTA BARBARA, CA

35 min ago

9.5'

Sig. Wave Height

NW

Mean Direction

17 sec

Dominant Period
SWELL & WIND WAVES
(01)
9.18' NW @ 17 sec
(02)
1.31' WNW @ 4 sec

HARVEST, CA (071)

35 min ago

12.5'

Sig. Wave Height

NW

Mean Direction

17 sec

Dominant Period
SWELL & WIND WAVES
(01)
11.48' NW @ 17 sec
(02)
4.92' NW @ 9 sec