Friday, June 12, 2009

Waves for the Weekend - yep, we got some

Saturday and Sunday both look like surf days...though Saturday should be a touch bigger.

SW swell (, but it started it of more westerly closer to 220), which filled in Friday, will hold into Saturday before slowly fading out on Sunday. We will also have some minor NW windswell holding in the background. Check out the sideways CDIP forecast model...if you click on the image you can see the small light-blue dots along the coast...(I am not sure why they don’t lock down the model so that it doesn’t group the wave heights in 3-foot bands...if any of you CDIP guys are out there maybe you can answer that for me)...anyway back to the blue dots, those will be the top exposed areas.

On Saturday wave heights will be in the chest-shoulder high range for most of the average SW exposed spots. Standout SW facing breaks, mostly through South OC and Northern SD, will have shoulder-head high waves with a few bigger sets mixing in at times. Don’t expect a ton of consistency from this swell...there will be some longer waits between the bigger sets...but it will be playful when it does show.

Sunday the SW’er will drop slightly. Still plenty of chest-high surf at the average spots but with less consistent shoulder high sets. Standout breaks will dip down to chest-shoulder high with some rare head high waves.

Winds look ok...we will still have some eddy on Saturday but it should slowly clean up on Sunday. Look for variable/southerly flow with some light texture through the morning and some W-WSW winds around 10-14 knots for the afternoons. Slightly slower wind speeds on Sunday.

Check out the NWS forecast models...

Saturday 8am

Sunday 8am

It is pretty much the same story we have had over the last couple of days...the SW’er is fun but a bit inconsistent and, at the exposed beach breaks, a little walled up. I did manage to get out and grab a couple at the local beach break on Friday and there were a few corners on the in-between sets but the bigger waves were pretty section and the south-to-north current was kind of a pain. I expect pretty similar conditions/shape as we head into the weekend. The best waves are going to be at the points/reefs with good exposure to the swell, structures and solid sandbars will be a second option but the rides won’t be as long. Don’t sweat getting a ton of waves this weekend...there is plenty of swell coming through for the next several days.

Here are the tides...have a good one!

12:12AM LDT 4.4 H
07:53AM LDT 0.3 L
02:53PM LDT 3.6 H
07:46PM LDT 2.8 L

01:01AM LDT 3.9 H
08:31AM LDT 0.7 L
03:35PM LDT 3.8 H
09:19PM LDT 2.6 L

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glory Be!!!