Friday, August 21, 2009

Waves for the Weekend – Building Southern Hemi swell

Both Saturday and Sunday will be surf days...winds may not completely cooperate but there will still be plenty of waves at the exposed spots.

Swellwise our SW swell (200-220) is already filling in pretty steady here on Friday and our waves will continue to build through the weekend as more S-SW swell energy continues to pile on. Check out the CDIP’er that a little light blue sneaking into the coast on Monday? I think it is...hell yeah.

The first SW’er (200-220) peaks on Saturday and into Sunday...but another stronger pulse of S-SSW swell (180-200) starts to fill in late Sunday night and will peak Monday afternoon through Thursday of next week. Lots of waves on tap for the next several days.

For the weekend...we can expect the average SW facing spots to see surf in the chest-shoulder high range with some inconsistent head high sets mixing in on the better tides. The standout SW facing spots, mostly through South OC, North San Diego, and Northern LA county, will have shoulder-head high surf with overhead sets coming through inconsistently. W-facing beaches, like those in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and parts of the South Bay, will be seeing mostly background NW expect much smaller sizes through those areas.

Winds look ok...sort of light onshore/variable in the early mornings with some texture showing at the open/flat beaches. Cleaner conditions at spots with something to break up the wind like lots of kelp or high cliffs along the beach. Look for building onshore winds through the afternoons, mostly W-WNW 10-14 knots with stronger gusts at times.

Saturday Morning Winds

Sunday Morning Winds

There isn’t much to break up this next run of Southern Hemi it looks like the exposed points and reefs are going to be the best call shapewise. The beach breaks will be pretty walled and sectiony...but if they have some sort of structure to carve up the swell, or a really solid sandbar, they might be worth a check...if only to get a little bit less of a crowd. Sets will still be a little inconsistent on the first part of the swell...but expect more and more energy showing as we move through into late Sunday/Monday.

Here are the tides...have a great weekend...hope you guys get some! (Make sure to hit me up with some random surf reports either to the blog email or on the comments)

05:03AM LDT -0.2 L
11:13AM LDT 5.4 H
05:25PM LDT 0.7 L
11:17PM LDT 5.2 H

05:36AM LDT 0.4 L
11:49AM LDT 5.5 H
06:19PM LDT 0.7 L


Josef said...

Adam your the man bro i've been getting the report for probably a over a year now super informative so thanks alot for evrything you do and let the a SWELL BEGIN!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

surfed carlsbad campgrounds at lunch...was starting to show on some bigger sets for sure. hopefully hits everywhere to break down the crowd.

Anonymous said...

Yay for people like Josef.

Anonymous said...

what a friggin mess this morning in south bay, san diego. terrible conditions.

Anonymous said...

north county sd wasn't any better. what a disappointment. too much wind all over it. sloppy mess.

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Anonymous said...

The youngsters are finding out that there is always something slightly/greatly wrong with the surf - whether it is swell period/direction/intensity, local weather/wind and/or tides.

That's why the swell event we had last month, which just happened to coincide with a high pressure system (ie low winds) and record inland temps will be remembered for years to come.

You'll be telling your kids about how great the 7/09 swell was years from now.

Anonymous said...

Whatevers. Wind sucks. Period. Anytime. All the time.

cheerupcheerio said...

if it is cloudy, windy, and foggy at least RAIN already, we suffer awful conditions as it is, might as well get some rainfall while we're at it, right??

Anonymous said...

so freakin glad i'm going down under for business on monday. will be surfing 12ft margaret river every morning. enough of this socal summer crap.

er said...

South Bay gets all da waves, Bra.

Get on it!