Located in Northern Santa Barbara, California, Santa Maria Rivermouth is a fun and consistent break that offers up some powerful barrels when the sand lines up. The waves here are not easy to surf and break for up to 100 meters over a sandy bottom. The rips can be ultra strong here.
what are the best surf conditions for Santa Maria Rivermouth?
Gets good between chest high and double overhead. We recommend riding a longboard here when smaller and a shortboard then step up as the size picks up. This break is suitable for intermediate and advanced-level surfers. The surf here is very consistent (8/10) and will usually have a crew on it (6/10). The best winds are from the East. The best swells are from the Northwest, Southwest, and West. Works on a mid-tide.
We recommend wearing a 3/2 in the summer when water temperatures rise to 17 degrees. In the winter a 4/3 is best when water temperatures drop to 13 degrees. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.