Thursday, April 9, 2009

Friday’s wind tunnel – yeah it is supposed to suck

So a new storm is approaching on it doesn’t look like a surf day...but there may be a small window for a few areas through the morning but it is a pretty slim chance.

We are going to have a mix of increasing local WNW-NW windswell, WNW long-period swell, and SW swell...all of which will add some size to our surf as they flesh out a bit more tomorrow.

Sizewise we can expect consistent chest high+ surf for the average exposed areas. Standout NW facing spots see some shoulder-head high surf...but those will be mostly in San Diego.

The winds will start off S-SE in the morning. The COAMPS which called the winds better than the other models Thursday morning is showing a pretty developed front pushing through during the dawn patrol. Conditions are going to be dependent of when the front moves through…if it stalls and hangs off the coast in the AM then winds will be more SE, and there will be a few rideable breaks in Ventura, the South Bay, Central OC and Central SD. If the front jumps on us then it will be blown out.

The afternoon looks pretty sloppy…SW-W winds 15-20 knots with 25 knot gusts, periods of rain, and they are even calling for waterspouts, which sounds a little extreme…but whatever.

Basically I would just plan on taking it slow in the morning. Another cam check morning…maybe a run to the beach if you are close to a S wind protected spot…the usual morning check. I wouldn’t plan on driving very far but if the weather cooperates we might see some rideable spots.

Conditions look better for Monday/Tuesday…and we have a new S swell coming through. Check out the update I sent earlier for more details on that.

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