Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Waves for Wednesday – Lagging tonight

Wednesday will be a surf day…nothing great…but fun in the right places

We are going to see a mix of peaking SW swell (190-220) and some background WNW windswell. The swell is pretty inconsistent and really the whole ocean sort of feels like it is on “mute” or something after that last swell…so it is a little hard to get perspective on the waist-chest high swell we have showing right now.

Wednesday the surf is going to be around knee-waist high+ at the average SW facing spots…maybe a rare chest high set sneaking through at times. The standout SW facing spots, mostly through South Orange County and North San Diego, will be more in the waist-chest high range with a few inconsistent shoulder high sets mixing in on the lower tides.

Winds won’t be great…mostly they will be variable and on the light side in the morning but both wind models, NWS and COAMPS are showing some onshore flow, either from a increasing eddy or generalized onshore gradient. As I am writing this I am watching the eddy overcast clouds filter out the sunset, so I am leaning towards the eddy flow in the morning, hopefully it won’t get to strong tonight. Check out the models for the morning winds…



Your best bet tomorrow is going to be SW exposed spots that have a bit of protection from the wind. There will be some rideable waves at the more open spots but expect some texture there as well. I would probably stick with your small wave gear thanks to the inconsistency in the sets, that way you can get a few fun ones on the smaller waves between.

Here are the tides…

04:52AM LDT 2.8 H
09:08AM LDT 2.3 L
04:14PM LDT 5.0 H


cheerupcheerio said...

So is there any more amazing swell coming our way?? It was such a fun few days of consistent surf that was so greatly appreciated. I want more!

Anonymous said...

As you get older, you come to realize that swells/conditions like the one we just had come every 3-5-10 years. (Which is why I don't understand those who might have known this and didn't totally commit; you move mountains to free up 3 days of dedicated time to travel/surf.)

Sure, we'll get good swells & epic conditions again, even in the coming months (ah, fall in OC!), yet mark my words: we'll be referring to the 7/2009 swell long into the future and use it as a yardstick by how SoCal surfing is judged & remembered.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it sucks that it's that way with big, clean surf around here. One epic swell every few years. Definitely not enough. At least many of us are close to LAX for a quick get away to quality surf.

I lived abroad(close to where this swell generated) for three years and remember scoring swells like this past weekend in SoCal every month..Sometimes twice a month. It was nothing new to the locals and there wasn't much hype surrounding the swell event.