Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday’s Surf – Backing off but still fun

Friday will be a surf day…but like most of the week you will need to watch the tidal swing and your exposure to the WNW-NW swell.

In the water, you guessed it, we are going to have a slowly fading mix of WNW-NW energy (280-300) and some very background SW swell (200-220). Look for the biggest and most consistent waves through the morning before the high tide gets after it.

Average WNW-NW facing breaks will have knee-chest high surf…with more consistent sets through the morning. Top NW facing breaks…still in the Ventura, South Bay, San Diego areas…will be in the chest-shoulder high range, with a few bigger sets showing at the top SD spots.

Winds will still be good in the morning…mostly light and variable with some ESE-SE winds blowing through parts of San Diego and Orange County. Look for mostly light winds and slightly texture conditions through the first half of the day and then light onshore winds around 10-12 knots arriving through the afternoon. Eventually winds pick up out of the NW after sundown and we see a chance for some showers as well.

So even though the swell will drop off tomorrow it won’t completely fade out and the tides will get a little better for the dawn patrol as the peak of the high tide pushes back till about 10am. I think that the early morning surf is going to be the most fun…there will be more swell in the water…there will be a little bit of the “tide push” that seems to help shape and consistency…and conditions will be the cleanest of the day. If you can find a spot that does ok with a higher tide it will keep you out surfing longer. The afternoon looks a little sketchier as winds start to swirl up...I would try and get out earlier if you can.

Here are the tides…

11/20/2009 Friday
03:45AM LST 2.8 L
09:58AM LST 5.4 H
05:53PM LST 0.1 L

Oh yeah one more thing…one of the blog readers, Felipe, is trying to raise money for “Movember” which is where participants grow mustaches in support and awareness of Men’s Cancer…namely prostrate and testicular (I knew I would work those words into the forecast one day, it was only a matter of time). If you have ever thought about contributing to a cause like this he would appreciate if you could help his Movember Team (the Moustache Rides) hit their goal. Here is the link if you would like more detail…and to check out Felipe’s ‘stache.

Links for the regional forecasts…

Santa Barbara Surf Forecast -
Ventura Surf Forecast -
Los Angeles Surf Forecast -
Orange County Surf Forecast -
San Diego Surf Forecast -

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

FYI, it's prostate, not prostrate