Thursday, February 7, 2008

Update: Swell for the weekend

Things are looking good for the new WNW swell (290-300) that arrives over the weekend.

Here is a satellite photo of the NPAC…part of this swell is being kicked out by that big swirling mess north of the Hawaiian Islands.

As for the surf…like I mentioned in the previous post…we are going to get some decent waves from this one. It won’t be super big but it will be better than we have been having and a few select areas (mostly in San Diego and Baja Norte) will have some fairly consistent overhead surf.

The swell will start arriving on Saturday. It will be pretty slow in the morning but parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura will see an increase in size as we head past lunchtime. It is worth noting that Santa Barbara is mostly shadowed from this swell so don’t expect a ton out of the spots up there (definitely not worth driving for…if you have to drive, go south).

OC and San Diego may see a few new waves before sundown…but in general there won’t be much of an increase on Saturday.

On Sunday the new swell will peak. Most NW facing spots will see surf in the waist-shoulder high range while the winter standouts in each area (except Santa Barbara) will have some head high sets at times. The tide will still sort of work it at times so plan your session around the swing.

San Diego spots will see the most energy out of this swell. These areas will have surf consistently in the chest-head high range while the best winter spots, particularly ones that like the long-period swell, will have consistent shoulder-overhead surf.

Winds and weather look good for both days so you should be able to find plenty of spots that are working…if you have the time it may even be worth driving around to find a quality wave.

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