Monday, March 23, 2009

Surf for Tuesday – Fading but cleaner

Tuesday looks like a surf day...nothing great, but better weather and a little more organized than it has been the last couple of days.

We are going to see a mix of fading WNW-NW windswell, some small SW energy, and a tiny touch of longer-period WNW swell. Overall most of the surf is going to be the fading windswell...with some occasional sets from the SW crossing it up at the combo spots.

Average breaks are going to drop into the waist-chest high range. The standout spots in San Diego, Ventura, and parts of the South Bay, will have some shoulder high sets. The biggest waves will be more consistent in the morning and fade as the windswell drops into the afternoon.

Winds look decent too...light offshore to light and variable throughout the morning. It does pick up through the afternoon, eventually hitting NW 10-15 knots by later in the day. Here is a shot of the winds for the AM.

That cold front from Sunday pushed through pretty fast Sunday night...and there were some halfway decent winds and a few rideable waves Monday morning. I was stoked that we had some surf and yet a little pissed at the wind model (and myself) for not anticipating the cold airmass kicking down those winds...anyway I hope a few of you got some chilly brown peaks this morning. On Tuesday we can expect smaller surf overall...but there should still be some fun surf at the spots that like the short-period windswell, particularly if they can pull in a few lines from the SW. I would plan on riding something that can deal with the semi-mixed up/burgery nature of the windswell...expect pretty chilly morning conditions as well.

Here are the tides...

02:36AM LDT 1.0 L
08:27AM LDT 4.8 H
02:59PM LDT 0.0 L
09:03PM LDT 4.6 H

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