So I was looking at a few of the charts and satellites that I use as forecasting tools and saw a pretty intense storm developing around the Aleutians.
The bad news is that this storm is too far to the north and the core of the energy is outside the Southern California swell window so we won't see much more than a small pulse of NW energy at a few select spots.
It will however send a pretty solid blast of long-period WNW energy for Northern and Central California...so if you ever venture into the cold sharky waters north of Point Conception there will be some well overhead swell hitting later this weekend and into early next week.
Check out these images...the first are from the QuikSCAT...65-70 knots of wind in that big black blob over the Aleutians...man those guys there are bummed!
SoCal gets a much smaller version of this swell (295-300+ with most of the energy above 300-degrees...bummer). Top exposed areas in Ventura, the South Bay, and San Diego will see chest high+ sets...standout breaks possibly getting near shoulder-head high on inconsistent sets. Peaks on late on the 26 and into the 27th...mostly on the 27th in San Diego.
I will have more details in the SoCal forecast as we get closer.