Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Waves for Wednesday – More WNW windswell combo

Wednesday is looking another marginal surf day...there will definitely be some waves but weather and surf shape will still be on the fugly side.

On Wednesday we are going to have a mix of building WNW windswell and some steady but smaller WNW swell (290-300+). The swell periods are going to be holding right around 7-8 seconds for the windswell and more like 10-13 seconds for the medium period energy. Neither one is all that good for surf shape, except at select beaches that generally do better on the windswell-type swells. The swell angle 290+ also is a bit to northwesty for most SoCal spots...particularly at the shorter swell periods where the swell doesn’t wrap into spots all that well.

Sooooo...thanks to the rather ho-hum swell mix...I am looking for most exposed WNW-NW facing spots to see surf in the chest-shoulder high range. It will be rather gutless and stacked up...but if the tide is low and the sandbars are decent you might be able to string together a couple of sections.

The Standout NW facing spots, mostly in Ventura and San Diego, will have some shoulder-head high sets...with maybe a rare lumpy head high+ set sneaking through at times. Those regions will have similar shape issues to the average spots but with a little more energy trying to improve things. Again I don’t think it will be worth driving all that far but if you are within a reasonable distance I would still give it a check.

Winds look similar to Tuesday...sort of NW’erly in the Ventura and Santa Barbara, more variable through LA County (particularly up around North County/Santa Monica), and then light Southerly in OC and SD. If you have a WNW facing spot with high cliffs, kelp, or something else to break the wind a bit that would probably be your best bet.

Here are the tides...have a safe Tequila Day!

02:28AM LDT -0.1 L
08:22AM LDT 3.9 H
01:58PM LDT 1.0 L
08:09PM LDT 5.7 H

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