Hammonds Reef surf spot

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Hammonds Reef in Santa Barbara is a sheltered reef break that has consistent surf . Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southwest west. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. The right hand reef break is better than the left. Best around low and mid tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely. Hazards include rocks, private and locals.

Hammonds Reef SURF ACCESS

GPS:
34.4146, -119.637  
Distance:
In the city  
Walk:
short walk (5-15 min)  
Easy to find?:
Easy to find  
Public access?:
Private access  
Special access?:
Don't know  

Accessible by walking up from the small Miramar Beach/Eucalyptus Lane parking area.


Hammonds Reef Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave quality:
Regional Classic  
Experience:
Experienced surfers  
Frequency:
Sometimes break  

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction:
NorthWest, West, SouthWest  
Good wind direction:
NorthEast  
Best tide position:
Low and mid tide  
Best tide movement:
Rising and falling tides  

Wave

Wave Type:
Reef-rocky  
Direction:
Right  
Bottom:
Reef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)  
Power:
Hollow, Fun  
Normal length:
Normal (50 to 150m)  
Good day length:
Long (150 to 300 m)  
Starts working at:
1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft  
Holds up to:
4m+ / 12ft  

More details

Week crowd:
Few surfers  
Week-end crowd:
Crowded  

Dangers

Rocks, Private beach, Localism  

Hammonds Reef SURF PHOTOS

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Hammonds Reef SURF FORECAST


Hammonds Reef SURF INFORMATION AND TIPS

Almost always crowded, reflecting its high consistency. Accessible by walking up from the small Miramar Beach/Eucalyptus Lane parking area.

Classic righthand cobblestone reefbreak in the wealthy town of Montecito. Occasional lefts. Well-shaped, lined-up wave with a few punchy sections. Holds considerable size and always offers classic rides on a good day. Medium tides with clean W swells work best here. Big S swells also get in, creating a welcome respite to long, flat Santa Barbara summers.

A beautiful reef break that has been spoiled somewhat by development. The big green lawn is gone but the waves still roll in. Needs a solid west swell to turn on. When good the locals will be on it and they deserve respect. Be mellow. The atmosphere dictates it. Good tubes on the right tide. Stays clean.


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