Friday, February 20, 2009

Waves for the weekend – more surf...but watch the tide

Saturday and Sunday will both be surf days...but we are going to have to watch the morning high tide.

We are going to see a mix of WNW energy (280-300) that will actually peak tonight and will hold into Saturday before slowly backing off on Sunday. At the same time we are going to have some background SW swell running through Saturday and then a slightly stronger pulse of SW energy arriving on Sunday and holding into Monday.

Overall it looks like the winter spots on Saturday are going to be the biggest...but the combo spots should have a few fun waves as well. On average the WNW facing spots and the combo breaks will have surf in the waist-chest high range with a few bigger sets sneaking through on the lower tides.

Standout breaks, again in San Diego and Ventura (and a couple of other areas), will have more consistent surf in the shoulder-head high range on the sets and some slightly bigger sets at the best spots on the lower tides.

Winds look good for both days...mostly light and variable through the early morning and then light onshore for the midday and moderately onshore (10-14 knots) by the afternoons.

If you are looking for bigger more consistent surf you are going to have to stick to the winter areas...if you are trying squeeze a lot out of the combo spots you are going to be a bit will be inconsistent and tide sensitive, so there will be some long waits between waves. I think that all types of breaks will be pretty similar over the weekend but if you have a spot that really pulls in swell that is going to be the best call.

Make sure to plan around the high is going to pretty swampy through the dawn patrols...make sure the spot you pick is working on the higher tide before spending a lot of time driving.

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

12:47AM LST 2.1 L
06:41AM LST 5.1 H
01:57PM LST -0.5 L
08:16PM LST 3.6 H

01:20AM LST 1.8 L
07:15AM LST 5.3 H
02:21PM LST -0.6 L
08:33PM LST 3.8 H


namotuman said...

tide was not too much a factor for the dawn patrol in san onofre area. nice lined up rights with an occasional racy left available.....glassy early morning. plus, hardly anybody cracking it this a.m.! early bird definitely got to pick and choose worms today....

Anonymous said...

Newport was fun and clean, with some shoulders to work with. There was alot of people in the water. Its anarchy out there I tell ya!