Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Surf for Thursday – Much cleaner but fading fast


I don’t think I am going to call Thursday a “surf day”…yes it will be rideable, and conditions will be a lot cleaner than Wednesday, but the windswell is going to drop fast and the higher morning tide isn’t going to do us any favors.

Swellwise we are going to see a mix of quickly dropping NW windswell (285-300 with most of the energy around 295-300) and some background SW swell (200-220) crawling in from the Southern Hemisphere.

The average exposed spots…the breaks that have some exposure to the windswell mix…will be in the waist-chest high range through the morning. The standout NW facing spots, mostly the well exposed areas of Ventura, the South Bay, and Southern San Diego, will be in the waist-shoulder high range with still a few plus sets trying to power through the morning high tide. Since the swell is fading, look for the bigger waves to become less and less consistent as we move through into the afternoon.





Winds look much better for tomorrow…the fast moving cold front that spun up the winds for Wednesday is moving out of the area and high-pressure will build in its wake helping to set up some morning offshore winds. All areas can expect N-NE winds in the 5-10 knot range for tomorrow morning. The Santa Barbara, Ventura, and North LA areas may see some stronger gusts near passes and canyons. The winds will turn onshore out of the NW in the afternoon but should stay on the light side…right around 10-12 knots for most areas.


The windswell spots will definitely be the call tomorrow...the more NW exposure they have the better. Unfortunately the windswell doesn’t have a lot of kick to it…so even the top spots, which have some decent size, will be on the soft/rolly side. Your best bet is to find an exposed spot that likes both the shorter swell periods and the higher tides…preferably one that has a nice shallow sandbar for the windswell to throw itself over. Boardwise I personally think that a smaller/thicker board might be a good call…just so you can power through the mushy soft spots that you find in swells like these.

Here are the tides…

12:52AM LDT 1.0 L
07:11AM LDT 4.8 H
01:34PM LDT 1.4 L
07:14PM LDT 4.2 H

I am sure you noticed…but I am making a few changes to the layout of the blog (it is a little bit wider and is has new header!)…let me know what you think about the new set up. Also…now that I have some better ad-placements if any of you are interested in advertising on the site please drop me an email and we can go over the details. – Thanks! AW

14 comments:

seth said...

I like the new layout...lots-o-room for your eyes!!!!

Anonymous said...

i'm into it!

Anonymous said...

still waiting for the obligatory bikini feature - any room for that?

spencer said...

Me gusta la pictura nueva

Anonymous said...

The new layout sucks!! Haha, just playin. I like it. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

good stuff, Adam. keep up the good work. my suggestion is to let surfline and the others do the bikini features. it's not a bad thing to have a site that us dad's who have young boys can refer our sons to when they want to check the forecast. not being prudish, just being a dad. thanks!

-JY- said...

liking the new look Adam! keep up the good work

Daniel said...

Site looks good mang. Keep up the killer reports.

Vince said...

Yeah love the new site. Noticed the header right off the bat looks real nice. I want on that peak.

and dope kelloggs sponsorship! haha. not bad it all works well.

Anonymous said...

@Vince - You like that peak, huh? I surfed that peak for 5 hours the day Adam took that photo. (I still can't figure out if that's me duck diving as I'm paddling back out after catching a wave. Probably not, since I always take the elevator back out.)

Anonymous said...

water had to be 50 something this morning. am i crazy or did everybody else feel it. knew it was coming soon, it always sneaks in on you. one morning the waters 65 the next it's like 55

Anonymous said...

water was cold but still warmer than the air at 7am when i got in. had a great session in south san diego today.

Christian said...

I like the new format, and I like your writing style

Your personal slant make checking the forecast interesting and thought provoking.

Do you accept donations via check?

vegas mike said...

great waves this morning in san diego, water was cold, but the air temp was way colder.
got some nice rides, offshore winds. it was a good day