Thursday, December 10, 2009

Surf for Friday – Fading WNW swell and approaching rain

Despite what the title says…Friday looks like a surf day.

Our WNW swell (285-300…but mostly 290-300) will be on the way down but should still manage to send in some fun waves to the exposed spots. In the background we can expect a mix of smaller local windswell and a weak touch of SW swell.

The average exposed spots are going to see surf in the waist-chest high range with some shoulder high sets still showing at times. The better WNW-NW facing spots will hold more in the chest-head high range with some much less consistent overhead sets. The standout NW facing breaks, mostly in San Diego, will be running chest-head high but with more consistent overhead+ waves still mixing in. Tide will be a little fat through the morning but will improve as we head toward lunch.

Winds look ok…sort of E-ESE in the morning…shifting more S-SE by midday and into the afternoon. Wind speeds hold around 10-12 knots early but then build more 10-15+ knots by the afternoon. Look for increasing cloudiness and the chance of rain moving in for the second part of the day.

So there will still be plenty of surf on tap for Friday…nothing huge, but still fun if you can find the right spot. I would try and get on it around midmorning…but keep an eye on the winds, you might want to push out into the still thick tide before the winds start to switch around too much.

Here are the tides…

12/11/2009 Friday
05:01AM LST 5.6 H
12:15PM LST 0.3 L
06:11PM LST 3.4 H
11:15PM LST 1.7 L

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