Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Surf on Thursday – we get to do more surfing

Thursday will be another surf day.

On Thursday we have more of that fun WNW swell (285-300) that has already been doing a pretty nice job of sending in waves. It will mix with some other background WNW energy, local windswell, and some minor S-SW swell.

Average WNW exposed spots will see surf in the waist-chest high+ range with some bigger sets mixing in at times. Standout winter spots, mostly in SD and Ventura, will have surf in the shoulder-head high range with some overhead sets at the top breaks. Shape will be a bit soft through the morning thanks to the high tide but it has been getting pretty fun as the tide drops out through midmorning/lunchtime.

Winds look good again as well...mostly light offshore to light and variable through the morning and NW winds around 10-12 knots for the afternoon. It may get a little chunky around lunch but it should be pretty clean through most of the morning.

If you can I would probably skip the dawn patrol because of the building tide...and surf closer to lunchtime. If you have to surf early, and most of us do, then try and pick a spot that can handle the higher tide. There are going to be plenty of waves at exposed spots tomorrow but if you need bigger surf you are going to want to hit up those top winter regions/spots. The water is still freaking cold so bring your booties.

"Man HB is crowded this morning!"

Here are the tides

05:59AM LST 6.3 H
01:40PM LST -1.2 L
08:08PM LST 3.6 H

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I thought the swell was dropping this morning - perhaps it was only the tide draining out. There were some nice sets now & then that seemed to decrease in consistency.

Took a look at sunset and didn't really see any swell increase. Maybe it was the wind & tide.

A mild Santa Ana is setting up, so maybe the conditions will hold as the tide recedes.