Traditionally, most surfers don’t consider Santa Barbara a great place for surfing. Water’s too cold and the Channel Islands block the swell. Well… I have to disagree mostly since I’ve travelled alot this last year and still find Santa Barbara as the best home base for a surfer and stand up paddler. I’ve been on the water almost every day for a year and there are few places where the water is as accessible and the air and water temps are great all year. Not perfect for sunbathers seeking the cleanest beaches but great breaks, easy access and more sand than rocks makes for a solid place to call home.