Friday, June 19, 2009

Waves for the weekend – Combo swell continues

Saturday and Sunday will be surf days…but conditions may be a touch on the blah side as the coastal eddy develops and strengthens over the weekend.

We are going to have a playful mix of S-SW swell (180-220) that is pulsing in from a couple of different sources. We are also going to have some building WNW-NW windswell that will begin strengthening tonight (as winds in the outer waters build) but will peak Saturday, hold through Sunday, and then back down slightly for Monday. Overall it is going to look sort of like the CDIP from this morning but with more size.

Wave heights are going to hold around waist high for the average spots…maybe some chest high sets on the lower tides. The better combo spots, and the top S facing breaks, will have chest-shoulder high surf as well as some rare bigger waves on the lower tides. Looks like the WNW energy will peak on Saturday so the combo spots should be best then…and then the S-SW swell mix strengthens more on Father’s Day so the S facing spots should start to work a bit better and get a little more consistent.

Winds will be a touch funky at times as the eddy spins up. Right now it looks like the center of the eddy will hold just north of Catalina which means that Santa Barbara/Ventura will have some light NW flow, OC and SD will get light S-SW winds, and LA (particularly the South Bay) will have light SE winds. This looks to be the case on both Saturday and Sunday…but the eddy looks the strongest on Saturday.

Wavewise I am expecting the biggest surf through Orange County and San Diego this weekend…I don’t think it will be worth driving super far to get waves…mostly because there will be something to ride almost throughout SoCal. I still think that the points and reefs will have the best shape, particularly if they can handle the higher tides. Beach breaks will be fun too, but it looks like the bigger S swell may have carved out the sandbars in a few areas. I would probably plan on bringing gear that still lets you get waves in sort of inconsistent/swampy shape.

Here are the tides…have a great Father’s Day!

02:30AM LDT -0.7 L
08:53AM LDT 3.4 H
01:18PM LDT 2.1 L
07:38PM LDT 6.4 H

03:15AM LDT -1.2 L
09:41AM LDT 3.6 H
02:09PM LDT 2.1 L
08:24PM LDT 6.7 H

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you're a good man, Adam. thanks!