Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Surf for Thursday – More windswell with a touch of eddy

Thursday looks like it will have some waves...but it may have a few wind problems as well.

We are going to see a continuing mix of WNW-NW windswell, small SSW swell, and some background medium period WNW energy.

Wave heights are going to be in the waist high range for most spots while the standout spots, mostly in San Diego, see some chest-shoulder high sets. Again most of the size is coming off the windswell so expect sort of soft burgery shape with the higher tides.

Winds will be the biggest question mark...the outer winds are supposed to increase and spin up an eddy close to the coast. Conditions in the morning are going to depend on where the eddy is positioned. The NWS charts are calling for it to be centered North of Catalina which would mean S winds for OC and SD...and sort of SE winds for LA/Ventura/Santa Barbara. The COAMPS is calling for it to be closer to the Mexico/US water-borderline, which would mean more SE-E flow for everyone except Santa Barbara. Check it out...

I think that we are going to have to play conditions a little by ear for tomorrow morning. Ideally I would wait for enough light to check the cams...or look at a live windmap like this one.

If you have to jet to the beach before the sun is up I would probably try and stick with spots that have protection from the S will have a better shot at getting clean conditions...and really most of those breaks are more exposed to the local windswell. Plan on your small-surf gear as well...hopefully something that will let you have fun with the higher tide that hits midmorning.

Here are the tides...

03:45AM LDT 0.1 L
09:41AM LDT 4.6 H
03:46PM LDT 0.4 L
09:48PM LDT 5.2 H

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