Thursday, September 17, 2009

Surf on Friday – waaaaay better than working

Friday is going to be another surf day

We are going to see more NW swell (290-300) fill in through the day and mix with some leftover S-SW swells (190-220), and some very background tropical energy.

The new NW’er will be starting to show in the Santa Barbara (pretty shadowed there though), Ventura, and South Bay regions during the dawn patrol. Not a ton of new size at first…but it will fill in the sets, and add a bit of punch to the exposed areas.

Orange County and San Diego will be working though the leftovers of our previous NW’er during the morning but the new NW swell will fill in more as we move throughout the day…eventually peaking in those areas late in the day and overnight into Saturday.

Surfwise tomorrow the average spots will hold in the waist high range with some inconsistent chest high sets. The better exposed NW facing breaks, and the good combo spots will see more consistent chest high surf with some shoulder high sets.

Standout NW facing spots and excellent combo spots, mostly through Ventura, the South Bay, and San Diego, will have consistent waist-shoulder high surf with some bigger sets mixing in as the NW swell fills in more throughout the day.

Winds look good tomorrow…light and variable to slightly offshore in the morning. It may have a slight SE tint to it around LA County…but for the most part it will be clean through there as well. Look for a gradual increase in onshore flow, topping out 10-12 knots out of the west, through the afternoon.

It looks like more combo swell fun tomorrow…but with the NW spots seeing the most activity…and the summer spots being a bit inconsistent at times. I think your best bet is going to be the early morning dawn patrol (if you can motivate)…the tide will still be filling in, the winds will be good, and there will be enough swell in the water to have some fun. The nearly 6-foot high tide that hits midmorning is going to swampthing out most spots…so you might need to stick to the spots that can handle the extra water if you plan on surfing after 8am or so. If you don’t mind some extra bump it looks like the afternoon low tide might be fun as well…and like I said in the title, even bumpy surf is way better than working on a sunny Friday.

Here are the tides…

03:19AM LDT -0.2 L
09:24AM LDT 5.7 H
03:38PM LDT 0.2 L
09:35PM LDT 5.7 H


Anonymous said...

my beachbreak was smokin' this morning. such a good session.

Jonathan M said...

Yeah it was hittin' it off this morning. Sure attracted a lot of new faces.