Friday, January 23, 2009

Waves for the weekend – more WNW swell...a little more rain

Saturday and Sunday both look semi-surfable, weather may be an issue at times but there will be some waves.

We have new WNW swell (285-300) that is moving into SoCal this evening...peaking on Saturday and then fading on Sunday. Most of the energy is still up in the 290-300 range but there will still be plenty of waves at most of the winter spots...the spots that have been doing the best will continue to do so over the weekend.

In general we should expect surf in the chest-shoulder high range at the average W facing spots. Standout breaks will have shoulder-head high surf with a few bigger sets on the lower tides.

Again I didn’t see a ton of energy on the buoys but I think there is enough juice in this incoming swell, and the fact that it is mixing with a lot of leftovers and even a touch of southern hemi background stuff, that we will have some playful waves if the winds cooperate.

Weather looks a bit sketchy...more scattered showers and fluky winds. I expect most of the wind to be variable to light southerly through both Saturday and Sunday with the strongest onshore flow occurring through the afternoons. It will be mostly under 10-knots but you could catch some unlucky breaks at times and see some stronger gusts.

Water quality and weather are both going to be sort of jacking us up this weekend. I don’t think it will be worth driving around a lot for waves...I would probably just plan on sticking close to home and picking off a session here and there if things come together for your local spots. The tide is going to be a factor though the dawn patrol so expect some bogginess through the AM.

Here are the tides...have a good one!

01:27AM LST 2.2 L
07:29AM LST 5.6 H
02:53PM LST -0.7 L
09:13PM LST 3.6 H

02:00AM LST 2.0 L
08:01AM LST 5.7 H
03:19PM LST -0.8 L
09:35PM LST 3.7 H


Daniel said...

i follow your blog regularly for surf forecasts, thanks for blog. not what you usually probably get, but i had a question about a spot in HB around Magnolia. I surf there once in a while and went out there on a super small day and saw a new pipeline going out a couple hundred yards. the waves were too small so i couldn't tell but would something like that be able to create a left point type of wave?

Daniel said...

actually not a couple hundred yards, but a good distance out.