Monday, November 17, 2008

Tuesday's Surf - Still clean but getting smaller

Tuesday will be surfable...but overall the surf will be dropping.

Our mix of WNW swell (280-300) and background SW swell (190-210) will be starting to lose some steam on Tuesday. Most breaks will back down into the waist-chest high range on the bigger sets.

The standout combo breaks, mostly through Orange County and San Diego, will have some chest-shoulder high sets on the lower tides. SD will be quite a bit more consistent than the other areas.

Winds look good too...mostly light offshore through the morning, even moderately offshore for areas near passes and canyons (you know those places that catch on fire and burn like it is going out of style). Afternoon winds are going to be light...slightly onshore but generally below 10 knots.

Now that the tides are starting to even out a touch I wish that we had some more swell to go with the larger surf windows...but as usual it seems like we can barely ever get things to sync up. Which always reminds me of "Friday"

Smokey: "No sugar? Damn. Y'all ain't never got two things that match. Either y'all got Kool-aid, no sugar. Peanut butter, no jelly. Ham, no burger. Daaamn."

Never gets old.

But I digress...anyway it looks like there will be a few playful sets tomorrow if you surf some of the better exposed breaks. It won't be huge, it won't be super consistent, but if you have the right mind and some time to kill it should at least be sort of fun. I wouldn't spend a lot of time driving...if you see a fun wave stop the car and surf.

Here are the tides...try to avoid the peak of the high.

02:17AM LST 3.7' High
06:39AM LST 3.0' Low
12:27PM LST 5.1' High
08:15PM LST -0.1' Low


Anonymous said...

It's tiny - the one day swell from yesterday is over. Adam, you're the only guy who called it - even the buoys weren't showing anything.

It was crazy - every 10 minutes or so there would be an almost overhead wave peeling perfectly left and right off the south side sandbar.

Even better, there was practically no one out until the school let out. Then it was an instant crowd of kids trying competing with vets from the north side who had paddled over.

kaser_one said...

Just FYI, there were some overhead south pulses early this morning. I checked buoys at 4:30am and they were pinner, almost didn't go down. Glad I did.

Howabout a post on sneaker swells that fly under the radar (buoys). Is there any explanation? Or is it better to keep it an anomoly.

Anonymous said...

I think it's refraction - like a huge open water Wedge. The true S swell in the water was only 1.5, but the swell probably was bouncing off SC/C islands and back towards our stretch of beach.

The same thing happens every winter at SS, El Porto, Blacks & BM. The W/NW swell might be tiny, but between canyons & offshore islands, the swell just seems to gather a little added umph to turn a flat day everywhere else into head-high peelers.