Thursday, February 26, 2009

Surf for Friday – leftovers and steep NW swell

Friday is looking more like a surf day.

We are going to have a few tide issues in the morning but there should be some rideable, but leftover WNW energy, local windswell, some background SW swell, and a new (but really steep) NW swell (290-300...really 295-300+). Here is a closer look at the current CDIP model...these are the local images (they are actually generated using a different set of buoys compared to the “full socal” version of this model)...I thought I would throw them up to break up the scenery a little.

For all that different swell activity it isn’t going to be all that big. We can expect more surf in the waist-chest high range at the average WNW facing spots and the better combo breaks.

The top combo spots and the really exposed NW winter spots can expect surf more consistently in the chest-high+ range with some inconsistent shoulder high+ sets pushing through at times.

Winds and weather should be better on Friday. The high-pressure is building back in tonight and winds are expected to go light and variable for tomorrow morning...staying below 5 knots for the morning. Winds do come onshore more in the afternoon but generally stay out of the WNW-NW around 10-12 knots. The one exception is up around Santa Barbara and Northern Ventura...looks like moderate NW winds hold most of the day...even through the morning.

Friday looks like we will get a few fun waves for most spots...nothing huge, or even that good shape, just sort of fun. The tide will be a bit of an issue in the morning so stick with spots that can handle a little water.

Also if you are looking for more size you are going to want to check out the more exposed winter breaks...even though that NW swell is sort of out of our swell window it has a little energy that will wrap around the corner and mix into our other swell... so if you are in SD or Ventura it might be worth hunting around the really exposed winter spots. It won’t be worth driving very far but if it only adds a couple of minutes to the search you might get lucky.

Here are the tides...

04:13AM LST 0.6 L
10:03AM LST 4.3 H
04:15PM LST 0.5 L
10:26PM LST 4.9 H


cheerupcheerio said...

I like the CDIP models like that!! Now I don't have to guess where I am on the map :)

Jonathan said...

Great, great news. I'm pretty sure there are plenty of us that just got through with our fifth-week-of-school tests and need a lil' getaway.

Anonymous said...

super fun day today.