Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Waves for Wednesday – Looking fun at the combo breaks

Wednesday will be a surf day.

We are going to have a mix of overlapping NW swells (290-300), local NW windswell, and a blend of SW swell (190-220) from the Southern Hemisphere…and while that sounds like a lot of swell activity it won’t be all that big…mostly playful/small sizes for most areas.

Wave heights are going to average around knee-chest high at the average exposed breaks exposed to either the NW or the SW swell directions. Combo spots that pick up “some” of the swell mix will be more in the waist-chest high+ range.

The standout NW facing breaks, the good SW swell spots, and the excellent combo spots will be in the chest-shoulder high range on the bigger sets…with maybe a rare shoulder high+ set mixing in on the lower tides.

Winds look good again in the morning…mostly light and variable to light offshore for most areas. There may be a little swirly wind action in South OC/North SD as well as Northern Ventura…but in general it won’t be too bad. Look for W winds around 10-12 knots moving in through the afternoon.

I managed to surf one of the local combo beach breaks in North OC as the tide was dropping…there were plenty of waves…quite a few fun ones. The NW sets didn’t quite hold up that well but the ones that crossed up with the inconsistent SW sets had some speedy sections.

Overall I think it is going to be fun day tomorrow…the swell mix is pretty much the same as what we had on Tuesday…maybe a touch smaller. Expect shape to be a little soft through the morning high tide, but combo-y enough to set up some playful peaks. I think that the beach breaks are going to be the most fun…points and reefs will be playful but will have that sort of scattered peak shape, rather than the cleaner lines they see on single pure swells. I still think you are going to want to bring a board with a little more foam…just so you can take advantage of the softer NW sets.

Here are the tides…

02:11AM LDT -0.6 L
08:25AM LDT 4.9 H
02:07PM LDT 1.2 L
08:02PM LDT 6.0 H

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