Monday, January 25, 2010

Tuesday’s Surf – Is it a little damp in here?

Tuesday will be rideable in a few areas…but thanks to rain and wind not every spot will be all that surfable.

Tuesday the swell will be on the way back up but it looks like some stormy conditions come along with it. Not a great surf day overall but the winds are OK in a few areas so it might be worth a check if you don’t mind surfing in the rain. WNW-NW swell (280-300) will actually start moving in late Monday night and will eventually peak Tuesday afternoon. There will be some S windswell and touch of weak S-SSW swell holding in the background.

Look for the average W facing spots to push back into the chest-head high+ range while the standout WNW-NW facing breaks see more consistent shoulder-overhead surf and a few sets going a couple of feet+ overhead on the lower tides. High tide that hits early morning won’t help out shape…but it drops off pretty fast and if you can wait till midmorning that might be the best call.

Another cold front will push over the area throughout the day on Tuesday…it doesn’t slam through like the last few did…it sort of touches the coast and then pushes up through Central California rather than rolling right on through. This will still be enough to send in some rain…and S-SE winds for the morning (even a few areas of ESW winds at times)…look for the morning to be around 10-15 knots with some stronger gusts the closer you get to point conception. Winds turn more S-SSW by the afternoon…more rain on tap then too.

So like I said…sort of stormy but sort of surfable for a few spots as well. The S winds, particularly since they have some SE in them at times, don’t blow out every spot in Socal…so if you have to surf, and you don’t mind a little extra water in the air, stick to spots that are exposed to the new WNW-NW swell and are protected from the S winds. The high tide will make things a little extra squishy through the early morning so try and stick with spots that can handle the higher tide…or wait out the morning for a little bit as it drops.

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…

01/26/2010 Tuesday
05:14AM LST 5.6 H
01:03PM LST -0.7 L
07:36PM LST 3.3 H
11:53PM LST 2.2 L

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