Monday, November 30, 2009

Tuesday’s Surf – Clean, fading, and getting tide swampy

Tuesday looks rideable but overall mix of backing down surf and high morning tide will keep it from being a surf day.

We are going to see a mix of backing off WNW-NW energy (285-300) that is still fading out from the weekend, some new NW swell (295-300) that is so steeply angled that it will skip past almost every spot, and some trace SW swell (200-220) that is just lingering in the background…never strong enough to make much of a difference but not totally disappearing either.

Wave heights are going to hold in the knee-waist high range for the average exposed spots on Tuesday…mostly the WNW-NW exposed spots, the S facing breaks will be smaller and less consistent. The top NW facing breaks, mostly in San Diego, will be in the waist-chest high range with a couple of rare chest-shoulder high sets still sneaking through. Expect shape to be soft and slow through the morning as more 6’+ high tide tries to drown our little swell mix.

Winds look good…light and variable to light-offshore for the morning. Clean conditions on tap for most areas. NW winds 10-12 knots build in through the afternoon but never get strong enough to completely blow it out.

Ugh…high-tide swampy and a fading/shadowed swell mix…it just doesn’t sound all that fun. Still the weather will be nice, and if you have a big board, or some magical fish board that grants wishes and helps to fight bad guys with its kung-fu action, then you will be able to get out and catch a couple softies…particularly if you have a spot that can handle the high tide. Personally I am planning on taking it slow in the morning and then rolling the dice that the tide can drop faster than the onshore bump picks up…I will probably lose but I don’t think I can face another session of high-tide shorebreak.

Here are the tides….

12/01/2009 Tuesday
01:06AM LST 2.0 L
07:19AM LST 6.5 H
02:48PM LST -1.1 L
09:10PM LST 3.6 H

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