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Surf, California
Former community
Surf Amtrak Station
Surf Amtrak Station
Surf, California is located in California
Surf, California
Surf, California
Location in California
Surf, California is located in the United States
Surf, California
Surf, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Santa Barbara
59 ft (18 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s) 805 & 820
GNIS feature ID 250152
Surf Beach
Surf Beach as seen from the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Surf is a former settlement in an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, California, located along the Pacific coast within Vandenberg Space Force Base west of the city of Lompoc. Surf Beach provides access to the Pacific Ocean. There is a parking lot and the unstaffed Surf Amtrak Station. California State Route 246 used to run to Surf, but in 1984 the highway was truncated at Lompoc and the road from Lompoc to Surf is designated West Ocean Avenue.

Sections of Surf Beach are closed between March 1 and September 30 every year during the nesting season of the western snowy plover. The closures are in place to protect the bird under the Endangered Species Act. If a set number of trespass violations have been reached during any nesting season (currently 50), the beach is closed entirely.

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