Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wednesday’s Waves – Last day before the rain

Wednesday will be another surf day.

We are going to see the mix of WNW energy (280-300 with most of the energy around 290-300) continuing to push through...not much else out there...unfortunately for the spots that like a little combo. The WNW’er will be losing some steam though...the periods are dropping and the wave heights are backing off.

There will still be plenty of waves in the chest-shoulder high range at the average winter breaks. Standouts will be in the shoulder-head high range, maybe even a few overhead sets down in San Diego County.

Weather will be decent through the morning. Mostly light and variable to light-offshore winds through the morning and then variable onshore to slight southerly flow by later in the afternoon. Look for increasing clouds through the day as well. Looks like rain starts to move in late Wednesday night and will continue on and off through the end of the week.

Look at the NOAA graphical forecast for Thursday morning...looks nice and sucky...well at least there will be more snow. (of course now that I have mentioned the rain it probably won’t actually arrive until next week...)

If your beach doesn’t have good NW exposure it isn’t going to be all that great tomorrow...so you are definitely going to want to stick with the winter top spots if you are looking for bigger wave heights. San Diego, Ventura, and parts of the South Bay will continue to have the largest waves...but there will be some playful sizes at a few of the better NW facing breaks in OC, North LA, and Southern Santa Barbara as well. I guess where I am going with that is...if you are looking for consistent surf try and stick to a break that can pull in swell from 285-290-degrees plus. I still think that the points/reefs are going to be the best call...the beach breaks are still pretty lined up.

Here are the tides

05:36AM LST 5.0 H
01:23PM LST -0.2 L
08:07PM LST 3.2 H


805 said...

hey adam what about that huge new NW swell coming in for this thursday and friday bro? Also, I just have to know what spot are those photo's from on daily bread? Is that Down south by Lowers?

Adam Wright said...

That swell for Thur/Fri doesn't look particularly big...probably smaller than the swell we just had. Lots of chest-shoulder high waves at WNW facing spots...and some overhead sets at the NW standouts (the swell is more 290-300 so it is going to affect less spots). Weather and winds may be a bit funky too.

As for the Dailybread photos...not sure...you will have to ask Kaser_1

Anonymous said...

Let's pray for a flat spell and/or stormy weather so that we can regain some strength. Once again, today was clean, big & pumping; the Katin contest totally lucked out.