Thursday, September 11, 2008

Surf on Friday - A little smaller but still fun

Friday will be surf day...there will be a little less energy than the past few days but there will still be some playful waves.

Our SSW swell mix that peaked midweek will continue to slowly back down while local WNW windswell comes up a notch.

Average spots, with some exposure to the SSW swell, will be in the waist-chest high range with some inconsistent shoulder high sets. Expect a few longer waits between the bigger waves.

Standout S-SW facing surf spots, again mostly through Orange County and parts of San Diego, will have surf consistently in the chest-shoulder high range with a few inconsistent head high sets at the top breaks.

Winds are expected to be light again in the morning but with a few pockets of onshore texture at the more exposed beaches. W winds around 10-14 knots move in as the overcast burns off through the afternoon.

I think the beach breaks will be more of an option on Friday as the SSW'er backs off a bit more and we see a little more WNW energy to cross it up. The best surf will still be at the points/reefs but those top sandbars will look a bit better than they did through the middle of the week. Unfortunately with the swell backing off it means that the tide is going to be a bit more critical...you are going to want to try and get to the beach really early to beat the morning 4' high tide or you will have to stick to the spots that like a bit more water. It probably won't be worth driving around to hunt for surf either...try and find some fun ones close to home if you can.


Here are the Tides for Friday

2:26AM LDT 0.0' Low
8:41AM LDT 4.3' High
2:05PM LDT 1.9' Low
7:57PM LDT 5.6' High

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey does it look like that new SSW swell is still coming in on Sat (tomorrow)? The CDIP chart shows a good one coming our way. What do you think?

Adam Wright said...

I think there will be plenty of waves on Saturday but that the "new" SSW'er will be a little inconsistent early in the morning. It looks like the peak hits more Sat PM into Sunday AM.

Really though I don't think we are going to see much of a difference in size over the weekend...maybe just a bit more consistency as the two swells change out.