Friday, January 11, 2008

Waves for the Weekend – Solid WNW swell Hits Saturday

Plenty of surf on tap for the weekend!

We have a strong WNW swell (280-300+) that fills in fast on Saturday. It will be showing for the dawn-patrol (and mixing with our current already healthy WNW swell) so we can expect good-sized waves as soon as the sun comes up. You can see the California Buoy (#46059) is already showing the swell 14’ @ 20-seconds with almost no wind, which means it is nearly pure swell.

You can check out the live buoys here

From a surfing standpoint you will be basically be in a pick-n-choose mode. If you are looking for larger surf check out the NW facing standout breaks, particularly in San Diego and Ventura. If you are looking for smaller surf then check the lesser exposed or shadowed breaks. Average W facing breaks will have consistent shoulder-overhead sized surf while those standout areas see sets going overhead to a few feet overhead at times.

There is a high tide that pushes through mid-morning so you may want to work around that but in general there should be enough swell to keep most spots working even as it peaks.

Best shape will likely be at the points and reefs on this swell…there is enough size, and not much to cross up the swell, that beach breaks may be a little walled. Solid sandbars, jetties, and piers will also serve as good backups.

Personally I am just going to get up and go to the beach in the morning…no need to look at the cameras or the buoys…just get up and start checking the surf.

See you guys down there!

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