Friday, April 11, 2008

Weekend’s Waves – Good weather and slowly building surf

There will be some really nice weather this weekend and a little bit of building surf to go along with it.

We will start to see a slowly building S-SW swell mix with leftover WNW windswell on Saturday.

It will start pretty small in the morning with most spots around knee high and smaller…a few of the best Orange County and San Diego surf spots (the S-facing ones and the combo breaks) will have some waist high+ sets. We can expect sort of low-tide drained shape through most of the morning…but things should improve as we move past the bottom of the low.

Sunday the S-SW swell will fill in more. Exposed areas will be in the waist high+ range while the best spots, again in OC and SD, see some chest-shoulder high sets. It will be inconsistent on the bigger waves, and the tide will continue to hamper it at times, but you should be able to at least get out and grab a couple of playful ones.

The weather is supposed to be pretty warm along the beach…mid-70’s at least. Inland it is supposed to blaze…so expect a bit more of a crowd along the beach. The water ain’t warm yet so make sure to pack your wetsuit.

Winds should be light and variable to light-offshore in the morning…and just light onshore in the afternoons. There may even be a bit of a glass-off waaay late in the day (worth keeping an eye on at least).

Personally I think the best time to paddle out will be right after the low tide starts to fill back in. The tide push will help out with both size and consistency…and probably shape as well. S facing beach breaks will be your best bet if you are looking for bigger waves…OC has got a bunch of these, so does North San Diego…it probably won’t be worth driving too far for it though…so if you have a closer beach, and it has a few little waves, you might as well paddle out there.

Have a great weekend! But make sure to check back…there is a decent looking storm in the South Pacific that is brewing up right now…I will put together a post on it over the next day or so.

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