Thursday, February 25, 2010

Surf for Friday – Fun but with a morning swampthing

Friday will start off as a surf day…but you are going to want to stick with spots that can handle a higher tide.

The mix of WNW-NW swell (280-300) and SW swell (190-220) that filled in on Thursday will hold into early Friday and then slowly back down through the afternoon.

Sizewise we can expect the average WNW facing spots and the good combo breaks to be in the chest-head high range on Thursday…maybe a little smaller/less-consistent through the morning thanks to the fatty high tide. The better WNW-NW facing breaks and excellent combo spots, mostly in Ventura, the South Bay, and South San Diego, will have shoulder-head surf with sets going overhead+ at times once the tide drops. Really pay attention to the high tide…it is going to be pretty damn swampy first thing in the morning…so you will need to either find a break that can handle the extra water or wait for it to drop (and risk onshore winds).

Yet another storm system is forecast to move in on Friday…arriving more through the evening/night as we head toward Saturday…but there will be some shifting conditions on tap for Friday. Look for mostly light and variable winds on tap for Friday morning. S-SE winds will start to build up around Santa Barbara/Ventura around midday and then slowly push down the coast as we move through the afternoon. Look for S winds 10-15 knots on tap for most areas by sundown and then gusts hitting 25+ knots and rain arriving after midnight.

Man right back between the proverbial rock and the hard place…high dawn patrol tide and clean conditions vs dropping tide and building onshore winds…living in North OC I hate that choice, the wind almost always wins the race and waiting it out just leads to me driving around looking at blown out surf. I need to come up with a wind generator that can make it offshore all of the time…yeah I will get right on that.

Make sure to check out the regional forecasts for the details for each county.

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…

02/26/2010 Friday
12:49AM LST 1.4 L
06:48AM LST 6.0 H
01:54PM LST -1.2 L
08:06PM LST 4.4 H


Anonymous said...

Awesome picture.

Went at sundown, after the seabreeze died down , good 45 minutes of fun peaks.

Anonymous said...

so much for waves these last two days, o well stoked for sunday i hope, and a bubbling SPAC

Adam Wright said...

man there is surf out there right now...just buried by the tide. I just took a tour of HB and even with 5'+ of extra water there were some head high peaks setting up on the outer bar. I think it a couple of hours it will be really fun.

I would check it again a little before lunch.

Anonymous said...

i think i'm getting old, man. the paddle today just about killed me. but then i saw these 17 year olds struggling like crazy, too. any reason for such a killer paddle today? i was at a beach break in south san diego. just curious.

Anonymous said...

OC beach break going crazy fun today, good call today adam, light winds right now at 3 i think ima hit it again YEW!
I hear were in store for something sunday looking forward to it