Sunday, January 18, 2009

Monday’s Surf – More WNW swell

Monday will be another surf day…and hopefully the crowd will be a bit smaller (even though a lot of people have the day off).

The WNW swell, which was a bit of a disappointment but did fill in OK on Sunday, will continue to run into Monday. In fact there will be more energy from some trailing elements that followed the first part of the storm…so the size will remain about the same as Sunday but the direction should be a touch more westerly and the swell periods will be a bit shorter as well (probably averaging around 13-15 seconds). Check out the CDIP from Sunday evening…Monday’s energy is going to be about the same…just slightly more west in it.

Most W facing spots will continue to see the chest-shoulder high surf. Standout W facing breaks, the best winter spots in Ventura and San Diego, will have more consistent shoulder-head high sets with some overhead waves sneaking through at times.

Weather will be OK…still nice for most areas but some fog starting to move in at some spots. Look for light/variable winds through the morning and WNW winds around 10-12 knots for the afternoon. Air temps are going to start to back down too.

If you are looking for size I would stick to those top winter areas…looks like the regions that can be a bit marginal, like North LA and most of OC, are going to continue to miss out on a lot of the energy. (though there may be a couple of nuggets in those areas at the top winter breaks). It is sort of an up in the air call if you should drive around looking for surf…the swell isn’t all that, but it is better than what we have had, and it is a holiday for a lot of people…I guess you are just going to have to make the driving call based on how much time you have to burn. I would try and get on it in the morning before the winds start to bump it up through the afternoon.

Here are the tides…

03:48AM LST 4.7 H
11:51AM LST 0.6 L
06:38PM LST 2.8 H
09:56PM LST 2.5 L


Anonymous said...

300 people out at blacks this morning and a few solid 8ft bombs early on

Anonymous said...

Seemed like there was as many people watching from the cliffs as surfing. Checked out Windandsea for awhile as well, but it wasn't really happening either.

Went back to the spot that has been good the entire swell, along with 500 or so people, including Tudor, Knost, and a handful of cameras recording Sandspit type tube rides through the inside sandbar.

Anonymous said...

Magically, as was predicted before the masses aren't nearly as large in number today as they've been all weekend. So take advantage before the 4/5 o'clock crew hits

Anonymous said...

Paddled out at the gap this morning with only a scattering of people from GW to BC.

Even though it's the biggest winter spot between 30 miles N and 70 miles S, it never works that great since there's nothing to help form sandbars.

However, I got lucky and snagged a few set waves that semi-lined up. At least there was some power - it was pretty steep and pitchy.

Also, seemed like the swell period had really shortened up as well since there were good sets every 3-5 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Pleaase check out

Murph said...

lemme guess swamis or cardiff with tudor and knost?...doesnt matter im saying this because it well end up surfline tomorrow