Thursday, January 28, 2010

Friday’s Tideburgers – Leftovers with a side of extra-swampy

Conditions will be nice, and there will be some fading WNW-NW swell in the water, but the 6.6’ high tide is going to keep the morning from being very surfable.

Fortunately the tide does eventually drop, so if we can wait it out, and the wind doesn’t trip us up, we should have some playful waves on tap for around lunchtime. In the water we will have a mix of fading WNW-NW swell (280-300) and some weak S-SSW swell (180-210). There will also be some new WNW-NW swell (again 280-300) that will be showing along the outer buoys, and even pushing into Ventura (and Santa Barbara a little bit) by the afternoon. I don’t expect a ton of new waves on Friday but if you live further north it might be worth keeping an eye on things late in the day and see if you can spot some of the new energy.

Once the tide gets a little more manageable look for the average spots to see surf in the knee-waist high range with some chest high sets. Standout WNW-NW spots, mostly in Ventura, the South Bay, and South San Diego, will be in the chest-shoulder high range.

Winds look good…mostly light and variable to slightly offshore in the morning…and then a sort of swirly variable texture brewing up in the afternoon, nothing go much over 10-knots. Winds look light enough that we could have a late afternoon clean up, not super glassy, but light enough to smooth things out a bit.

The big tide swings haven’t been doing us any favors the last couple of days and don’t expect it to help us out as the swell drops off tomorrow. I would definitely stick with spots that can handle the extra water…and bring a board that will be able to push through the flat mushy parts. Personally I am planning on waiting out the tide and see if the wind will hold off long enough to get a few once things speed up a bit.

Make sure to check the regional forecasts to see how the swell mix affects the different stretches of coastline.

Regional/County Forecasts

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

Here are the tides…

01/29/2010 Friday
01:40AM LST 1.4 L
07:44AM LST 6.6 H
02:58PM LST -1.7 L
09:13PM LST 4.2 H

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Adam, did you see that sequence of 13 yo Landon McNamara @ Pipe? I had a chance to surf big Sunset last Feb, and he was out with his uncle scoring some pretty big waves. (He was 12 at the time.)

We were back in HI during T-day, and I was looking for a larger board (to rent) from his dad's shop since the surf was expected to get bigger.

Landon was in there suggesting I should get a gun to surf Waimea the next day! LOL I told him I thought I might just hang out in the hot tub.

That was a weird trip. Because it was so big, the entire N shore was either closed out (except for Waimea) or Sunset was too mondo the entire week.

Anyway, they raise them a little differently in big surf.