Thursday, October 22, 2009

Waves for Friday – Peaking WNW swell

Friday will be another surf day…not as crossed up as it was earlier in the week but the new WNW swell will be starting to peak and the winter spots will end up being pretty good.

So swellwise we will have a mix of new WNW-NW swell (280-300 with most of the energy in the 290-300 range)…and some fading SW swell (200-220).

Most of the average spots, with just ok exposure to one swell or the other, will be in the waist-chest high range with a few more shoulder high sets showing on the lower tides. Look for some shoulder high+ sets mixing in on the better exposed, but still “average” NW facing spots.

Standout breaks, like those in San Diego, Ventura, and the South Bay, will be in the chest-head high range with some overhead…sets mixing in at times. Looks like the best NW combo spots may even have touch more size…I wouldn’t be surprised to see some bigger overhead+ sets sneaking through.

Winds and weather look good again…mostly light and variable to light offshore winds in the morning. There will be some areas of patchy/dense fog at times, so watch for some texture around the edges of those banks. W-SW winds in the 10-12 knot range are expected by the afternoon…though we may see a bit of a cleanup in some areas by the early evening.

The top NW facing spots are going to be the call tomorrow…the well exposed points and reefs are going to have the best shape and the most size…though if you don’t have one close by, or you just don’t want to have to navigate the sea-of-fiberglass, you might give the better exposed combo breaks a check as well…hopefully there will still be enough SW swell in the water that it can help break it up. Even though it will be rideable almost everywhere surf size will definitely drop off as you move out of the well-exposed areas (that I highlighted above) so if you are a size-queen plan on sticking to the top breaks in those areas…the combo of bigger swell and still clean conditions, will make driving an extra 20-minutes or so worth it.

Here are the tides…

02:43AM LDT 3.2 H
05:26AM LDT 3.1 L
12:06PM LDT 4.8 H
08:35PM LDT 0.8 L


Anonymous said...

well if there were overhead waves today i'd like to know where. wish i brought the longboard with me today seen some guys getting some nice hang time

Anonymous said...

CDIP is your friend - it was solid OH on the sets where I was, and that was in the OC.

pushingtide said...

Yeah my spot got passed by too, still fun, but like AW said most of the energy was 295+

SC fool said...

Kind of inconsistent and crowded in northern San Diego county. Solid offshores early. I got a couple fun ones. A few were head high.

Anonymous said...

South Bay was walled up later in the afternoon. If you got lucky you could catch a quick ride then get bashed around for awhile on the inside... not great.

ER said...

The points were going off! I'll never tell :)