Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surf for Thursday – S-swell, Rinse and Repeat

Thursday will be another surf day.

The S swell (180-190) will continue on Thursday and NW windswell will start to pulse up a bit at the well exposed spots. The Southern Hemi swell will continue to offer up fun surf to the exposed areas but the overall swell period will be starting to shorten up, which will likely make the bigger sets less consistent.

Average exposed spots (s-facing) will be in the chest-shoulder high range but with some inconsistent head high sets still mixing in on the lower tides. The standout S facing spots, mostly in Orange County but at a few of the other S facing spots as well, will be in the shoulder-head high range on sets with a few overhead waves still showing at times. Look for some more rare overhead+ sets at the top spots through the morning on the lower tides…and then getting less consistent as the swell drops slowly and the tides come up through the afternoon.

Winds look good in the morning…I feel like over the last couple of days someone shifted the switch from “summer” to “fall”…not sure if it will last, but for right now it means cleaner morning conditions. Look for light and variable to light-offshore for most spots in the morning. WNW winds 10-15 knots build in fast around midday and look pretty stiff by the afternoon. Check out the COAMPS forecast for the morning…it is a little optimistic, but it is nice to see wind going offshore on any chart.

Like the last few days the points and reefs will continue to be the best call shapewise…there still isn’t enough combo energy to break up the bigger S swell…so the beach breaks look a bit walled up, particularly through the morning lower tides. I think it will be worth driving a little further than normal tomorrow morning, the decent winds and the steady S swell will be pretty fun…I would try to get on it early before the tides and the wind start to kill it.

Here are the tides…

05:36AM LDT 3.0 H
07:49AM LDT 2.9 L
03:19PM LDT 4.7 H
11:49PM LDT 0.9 L


SC fool said...

This morning turned out to be the best yet out of this extended swell event we are having. At least for me it was.

Anonymous said...

true 'dat; very consistent out there and as big as any of the earlier days

deckmanx said...

Much bigger than the other days here in Oside. Super nice conditions too!