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Santa Barbara -area R/C Slope Soaring Sites:

Important: practice "leave no trace" R/C soaring. Access to these sites is a privilege, not a right. Treat them with respect.


Ellwood is the most reliable coastal slope soaring site, though the lift is usually pretty light - 8-10mph is common. SW / WSW is the best direction.
Ellwood slope map

The Ruins

The Ruins aka Knapp's Castle has the biggest lift, and takes the typical afternoon NW breeze that blows over the San Marcos Pass. Nearby spots allow flight on N (clearing winds after a winter storm) and NE (sundowner / Santa Ana winds) as well.
The Ruins slope map

More Mesa

More Mesa is good on a S wind, though it's a popular paragliding spot so you'll need to exercise caution.
More Mesa slope map

SE Bowl

The SE Bowl offers good soaring during coastal eddy conditions, and decent thermals, with a spectacular view overlooking downtown Santa Barbara.
SE Bowl slope map

Wind & Weather

Current Santa Barbara Municipal Airport Observations from NOAA

Current Ellwood observations:


Current Santa Barbara Airport observations:


Current La Cumbre observations:


Current Mesa observations:

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