Friday, May 8, 2009

Waves for the Weekend – Combo swell continues

Saturday and Sunday both look like surf days...on paper...but the potential for the funky chicken eddy winds will continue to kind of hang out there in the background.

The wind this morning that blew through SD and OC was pretty freaking lame...and trust me I was as bummed about it as you were. There were a few spots out there that were protected enough to be fun...but you had to hunt around for them.

On Saturday and Sunday the mix of S-SSW swell (180-200) will continue push through and blend with some fading but still fun WNW windswell. Saturday will be the biggest day as the S swell continues to peak but decent size will hold into Sunday (and really into the early part of next week).

Sizewise look for lots of chest-shoulder high surf at the average exposed spots this weekend. The standout S facing breaks and the best combo spots will have some head high+ sets through Saturday that will get less consistent and more in the shoulder-head high range by Sunday.

Winds are were things get a little funky...these winds we have here on Friday are forecast to back down tonight and turn more S-SE’erly for tomorrow morning. The different forecast models are calling for either light S winds or light/variable to light SE for the morning on both Saturday and Sunday. By midday we can expect building SW-W onshore flow with it topping out around 10-14 knots for the afternoon.

I think it will be surfable at most areas may be bumpy and shape may be a little lame...but it will be rideable. The S facing spots will have the biggest waves but I think the combo spots that have some protection from the S winds will actually be the best call for tomorrow. I wouldn’t plan on driving very far just because the winds are so unstable...but if you have a spot like that close by I would give it a check. I would keep an eye on the winds as well later Friday night...if they do back down after dark then we have a better shot of getting more widespread cleaner conditions by Saturday. Same goes for Saturday night into Sunday.

Well cross your fingers that the winds don’t try and shaft us too hard (it is springtime)...have a good one.

04:24AM LDT -0.8 L
10:39AM LDT 3.5 H
03:27PM LDT 1.8 L
09:35PM LDT 5.7 H

05:01AM LDT -0.7 L
11:24AM LDT 3.4 H
03:56PM LDT 2.1 L
10:05PM LDT 5.5 H

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I need a good surf report for tomorrow. Make it happen!