Thursday, May 1, 2008

Friday's Surf - isn't spring over yet?

Friday should be a pretty fun surf least through the morning.

There will be a new SW swell (200-220) starting to peak and a mix of WNW windswell and leftover S-SW energy holding in the background. Most spots will hold in the waist-shoulder high range. Standout breaks, mostly through San Diego and South Orange County, will have sets hitting the shoulder-head high range.

Winds are expected to be light and variable through the morning and even light-offshore in a few spots. Onshore winds settle back in by midday and will strengthen up to about 10-15 knots by the afternoon.

If you live in SD or close to South OC then you are in luck because those areas are going to be your best bet tomorrow. They will have decent exposure to the swell and should be nice and clean through the morning.

I am sort of two schools of thought about whether it will be worth driving for...on one hand we haven't had very good surf for a while, and even though this isn't a great swell it is better than it has been. On the other hand the SW'er is going to be inconsistent and shadowed a lot of the time, hitting only a few spots well...and the top break for this swell, Lower Trestles, has a freaking contest going on right now so access to the break is limited and all of the other nearby spots are going to be littered with pros warming up for their heats (and pissed off locals).

You will probably be a lot less aggravated if you stick close to your home spots and try and make do with what swell is showing in the water there...but if you have the time you might skip past Trestles and check a few other north SD spots.

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