Monday, August 31, 2009

Tuesday’s Surf – mostly leftovers

Tuesday will be rideable but I think that the lack of swell and high tides will keep it from being a surf day.

We are going to have a mix of NW energy (290-300 and a combo of local windswell as well as some weak medium period energy), some background SW swell (200-220) and some weak tropical S swell (180-190) from former TS Kevin.

Wave heights for tomorrow look a bit on the small side. Lots of the average breaks will be in the knee-waist high range...and fairly soft/close to shore on the shape. The standout combo breaks, mostly through San Diego and Southern Ventura, will be around waist-chest high on the sets...maybe a rare plus set sneaking in on the lower tides. Long waits and mush-mush shape will be the norm.

Winds look ok...maybe slightly eddish in the morning. The forecast models are calling for some patchy (but thick) fog to form up overnight as things sort of cool off. The fog looks like it might spin up some southerly winds...sort of variable to light S...through San Diego and OC. It should be lighter further north but I would plan for a touch of onshore texture for spots up there as well if the fog gets a good foothold. Afternoon winds will be WNW around 10-12 knots...but watch for them to back off later in the evening.

It won’t be good enough to spend a lot of time hunting down surf tomorrow...the weaker swell and the tides will keep so many spots on the soft side that it might be hard to motivate for close to shore crumblers. I would bring a board that works with small soft waves, even at the top spots...the extra foam or fishy shape will help you have a little more fun. If you live near a standout region you might be able to slip out really early and take advantage of the super early morning low tide...nautical twilight is around 5:30am (actual sunrise is 6:30am)...there might be a little wiggle room on the shape if you can motivate...but remember that you are motivating for small leftovers.

02:38AM LDT 0.0 L
08:55AM LDT 4.1 H
02:10PM LDT 2.1 L
08:03PM LDT 5.5 H

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