Friday, October 16, 2009

Waves for the Weekend – Still good Saturday but trailing off a little on Sunday

So it is looking pretty surfable this weekend…Saturday is looking like the best day.

The combo swell will continue to combo, despite losing a bit more size as both the W-WNW (275-300) and S swells (180-200) back down. By Sunday we can expect the swell mix to shift direction slightly with the NPAC energy getting a little more NW’erly and the S swell dropping off even more…but still we should have some playful waves at the well exposed breaks.

Saturday Morning

Sunday Morning

On Saturday…the average spots will be in the waist-chest high range with still a few inconsistent shoulder high sets mixing in. The standout spots, mostly the really good combo breaks and the top NW facing spots will be more in the chest-shoulder high+ range with some head high sets still leaking in on he lower tides.

Conditions for Saturday look good…more of this light Santa Ana set up…so we can expect N-NE winds around 5-10 knots for the morning (with a chance at some sudden fog patches, like the one that plowed through Orange County this morning). The winds will stay light through most of the day…and if everything holds together we should be able to surf pretty clean conditions through most of the day as well.

Sunday the swell mix drops a bit as the S swell fades out and the WNW-NW gets a little more NW’erly. The average spots are still going to hold around waist-chest high but with less chest high+ sets. The Standout NW facing breaks, and a few of the best exposed NW combo spots, will be in the waist-shoulder high range but there may be a few head high peaks on the lower tides.

Conditions on Sunday look a little more eddyish…sort of variable to light Southerly flow in the morning with some texture at the more exposed areas. Look for building NW winds 10-15 knots by the afternoon.

There will still be plenty of fun out there this weekend…not as big as Friday (or earlier in the week) but fun. Expect it to be a bit of a zoo though...sunny skies, warm beach temps, and decent surf are going to pull everyone and their dog to the beach. Really your best bet is going to be just hunting around for a less crowded little peak…the combo is rolling so you will be able to find waves all over, we should be able to spread out a little and still find a few nuggets. Watch the high tides too!

Here are the tides…have a great one…try and get out on Saturday if you can.

02:40AM LDT 0.8 L
08:46AM LDT 6.1 H (ugh!)
03:32PM LDT -0.3 L
09:32PM LDT 4.7 H

03:11AM LDT 1.2 L
09:16AM LDT 6.2 H (more dirty tide swamp)
04:13PM LDT -0.5 L
10:18PM LDT 4.4 H

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