Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Surf on Thursday - Now with a more coherent forecast!

Thursday will be yet another surf day.

The lovely run of SSW swell will continue on Thursday but it will start to slowly lose a little steam...there will be still plenty of waves at the exposed breaks but the bigger sets will lose a little of the oomph.

Look for the average S facing spots throughout SoCal to have surf in the chest-shoulder high range with some inconsistent head high sets.

The standout S-facing surf breaks, mostly through Orange County and Northern San Diego, will have surf in the shoulder-head high range with some overhead sets pushing through. (this is starting to sound like a broken record...a glorious broken record).

Winds look pretty darn good for Thursday...look for light to calm winds through the morning and just W winds around 10-12 knots on tap through the afternoon. Areas with some protection from the afternoon breeze (spots with kelp, high cliffs, or some sort of wind break) may even see a bit of a clean-up late in the day...so there may be some hope for the after-work surf crowd.

The points and reefs are going to be the best call again on Thursday...they are going to be the best at cranking out some long surfable sections. The exposed beach breaks are just too walled with too much current to be much fun. If you have to surf a beach break then try and hit up a spot with a stellar sandbar...preferably with something like a jetty or a pier to help break up the swell. There should be enough swell that the tide won't be that much of a factor but try and pick spots that will work the morning high-tide rather than against it.

The tides for Thursday

2:00AM 0.2 Low
8:25AM 4.0 High
1:32PM 2.3 Low
7:21PM 5.4 High

2 comments:

Mike said...

Hey Adam love the blog. The straightforward forecasts are usually right on. I wanted to let you know that your call on the wind was a little of Thursday, North LA in the afternoon had howling winds ruining everything.

Adam Wright said...

Thanks Mike...yeah I was a bit bummed on the winds on Thursday. The stuff that I thought would knock down the winds turned out to be a lot more unstable than I anticipated. Hope you didn't burn much gas driving around.

Just as a general rule of thumb...I always try and check a surfcam before trying to get some afternoon waves...you usually have good light to see what is going on and it can save you some time/money if conditions end up sucking...which it sounds like it did on Thursday.