Thursday, August 13, 2009

Surf for Friday – Small in the morning, still small in the afternoon

Friday isn’t looking like much of a surf day.

We are going to start off with a weak mix of SW swell (210-220), some small tropical SSE-S swell from Guillermo (back when he was a teeny tiny depression...snnf they grow up so fast), and some background NW windswell.

Wave heights at the average spots are going to stick around knee-high with rare waist high sets. The best S facing spots, especially breaks that can pull in the mix of SW and SSE, will be more in the waist high range with a few chest high sets. I do expect a little more consistency on the bigger waves by the afternoon as the tropical swell slowly, very slowly, increases.

Winds aren’t looking so good...the eddy is forecast to spin up more overnight so while LA county looks halfway decent the Northern Counties (Santa Barbara and Ventura) will have WNW-NW texture and the Southern Counties (Orange County and San Diego) will see S winds around 5-8 knots. It won’t be enough to totally blow it out anywhere but it will put enough bump/crumble to it that it won’t be all that appealing. Onshore winds increase during the afternoon...look for WSW-WNW 10-15 knots for most areas.

Overall...I wouldn’t waste too much time on the surf tomorrow. It won’t be flat...but it will be small and crumbly, which is almost as bad sometimes. If you have to surf, which is still better than working, bring your big boards...the tides stay pretty fat all day and there won’t be much power to the surf even during the tide push.

Here is the is one of those screwy days where we only have 1 tidal this case a high-tide peak.

11:07PM LDT 1.0 L (Thursday Night)
04:01PM LDT 5.2 H
12:23AM LDT 0.4 L (the start of Saturday)

I’m lagging on the long-range forecast...I will probably post it later tonight or early tomorrow.