Thursday, December 3, 2009

Surf for Friday – New NW swell (and a little SW'er) move in

Friday is looking more like a surf day…but the combo of high morning tide and a steeply angled NW swell that is showing more toward the afternoon will keep it from being too much fun.

In the morning most spots are going to see a leftover mix of small NW energy and some smaller SW swell…neither of which will do a good job breaking through the 6’+ high tide. By midmorning a new mix of NW swell (290-300) and new SW swell (200-220) will start to fill in as the tide drops out.

Most spots will start in the knee-waist high range early tomorrow with a few chest high sets showing at the well exposed NW spots. The top NW breaks, mostly in the San Diego and Ventura, will have some more waist-chest high waves with a few chest-shoulder high waves at the breaks that can handle the higher tide.

By the afternoon as the new swell mix fills in the exposed breaks will be more in the waist-chest high range with a few plus sets coming through on the lower tides. Top spots will be more consistent in the waist-shoulder high ranges again with some bigger shoulder-head high peaks setting up at the best NW exposed combo breaks.

Winds look good in the morning…mostly N-NE throughout Socal…so lots of spots will be light/variable to light offshore during the dawn patrol. Mild to moderate onshore flow sets up by the afternoon but holds around 10-14 knots for most areas.

Overall not a super exciting surf day…but the building swell and the decent conditions should help us get into a few more waves as the tide starts to drop toward the middle of the day. I would probably still plan on bringing your smaller wave gear, just so you can power through the mushers that filter through midmorning and the inbetween waves that will be showing between the inconsistent sets.

Here are the tides…

12/04/2009 Friday
03:16AM LST 2.3 L
09:28AM LST 6.5 H
05:06PM LST -1.2 L
11:43PM LST 3.7 H

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