Monday, September 21, 2009

Surf for Tuesday – A little more SSW swell

Tuesday is looking like a surf day...nothing big or all that special...but with clean morning conditions and enough swell for us to go out and have some fun.

Swellwise we are going to have a new SSW swell (190-205) that will blend in with fading S-SW swell (180-200) from the weekend as well as some NW leftovers and background local windswell. You can see the older S-SW’er showing on this afternoon’s CDIP analysis...expect this to shift a little more to the southwest as the new swell fills in tomorrow.

Wave height for Tuesday will be in the waist-chest high range at the average S facing breaks. The better exposed combo breaks will be a bit more consistently chest high. Standout SSW facing breaks, mostly through Orange County and parts of San Diego, will be a touch bigger with inconsistent sets showing in the chest-shoulder high range.

Winds look good with most spots seeing light and variable conditions through the morning and a few select areas seeing some slightly offshore flow. WNW winds move in through the afternoon and should top out in the 10-12 knot range, which may let a few of the more protected spots see somewhat manageable bump...there is enough of a chance that it will be worth keeping an eye on those protected areas.

Like I said it looks fun tomorrow, not great, but at least surfable in most areas and playful at the top breaks. I think that all types of spots (points/reefs/beach-breaks) will all have their attractions tomorrow...but nothing that looks like it will stand out all that much. The building tide will end up being pretty brutal to shape as it peaks around lunchtime...expect most spots to get swampy to almost shut down by the time the tide peaks...I would try and avoid it as best you can.

Here are the tides...

12:00AM LDT 3.9 H
05:18AM LDT 1.8 L
11:32AM LDT 5.6 H
06:52PM LDT 0.5 L

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