Friday, April 24, 2009

Waves for the weekend – Plenty of swell but some wind issues

Both Saturday and Sunday will be surf days...but like the last couple of days...the quality of surf is going to vary greatly spot to spot.

The S swell (180-210) will be slowly fading on Saturday (and continue to fade on Sunday). We will also see some new building NW windswell and background SW swell (200-220). Expect plenty of energy showing at most spots throughout SoCal, with the exception of the Santa Barbara area, so there will be lots of waves. Unfortunately you will have to have something to break up the more dominant S swell if you want to have decent shape. Check out the CDIPper

Winds will be an issue this weekend...the same sort of eddy/onshore flow that we saw on Thursday and Friday will continue for both Saturday and Sunday. Mornings and midmornings will be the cleanest, but you can still expect texture at the more exposed beaches. Winds will be primarily variable onshore to southerly and will stay below 5-8 knots for most areas. Check out the NWS for both Sat/Sun at 8am.



Afternoons look windy on both days.

Shapewise...Saturday morning the points and reefs are going to be the best call again. The walls of death, (well not really death...walls of injury...maybe walls of humiliation or walls of frustration would be more apt), will continue at the beach breaks.

By Sunday there will be a bit more windswell in the water so the combo spots, even some of the more exposed beach breaks, should get a little more crossed up. I think that with the new NW windswell and the dropping energy in the S swell we could see a little more peaky shape...maybe not solid a-frames...but at least a little more shoulderly that we have seen over the last couple of days. Tides will continue to be funky...but the low tide gets more firmly planted during the dawn patrol so at least the morning will have a better chance at decent shape.

Have a good one this weekend...and stay are the tides.

04:14AM LDT -0.9 L
10:24AM LDT 3.8 H
03:35PM LDT 1.3 L
09:42PM LDT 6.0 H

04:59AM LDT -1.1 L
11:15AM LDT 3.6 H
04:09PM LDT 1.6 L
10:20PM LDT 6.0 H

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