Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thursday’s Surf – Small and clean

Thursday will have decent conditions and some playful waves still hanging out in a few areas. Overall it will be smaller than Wednesday and the combo of weaker swell and high morning tide may shut down a some areas.

In the water we are going to have a mix of backing off WNW-NW energy and not much else…maybe a touch of background S-SW energy but not really enough to ride (well maybe on the low tide).

Sizewise look for the average WNW-NW facing spots to hold right around knee-waist high…with a few waist high+ sets at the better breaks that can pick up a bit more of the combo. Standout NW facing breaks, mostly through San Diego, will have waist-chest high surf with some inconsistent shoulder high sets during the lower tides.

Conditions look good for Thursday…high pressure is supposed to start settling in tomorrow (with a weak cold front passing through North and Central California) late in the evening. Winds will be light and variable to light offshore in the morning with some just variable sea breeze setting up in the afternoon…so we should have some time to let the tide drop without having to worry about the winds jumping on things to bad.

It was nice that Tuesday’s storm pushed out of the region as fast as it did, (though it was brutal on my previous forecast), and now that it has passed on it will help to stabilize our weather quite a bit as we head into the weekend. I wish we had a bit more energy in the water on Thursday…just so we could get a few better waves to push through the higher tide while the conditions are the cleanest. Still there should be a few little waves to get out and ride and you should be able to have some fun if you bring the right gear and pick the proper spots as the tide shifts around.

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…

02/11/2010 Thursday
01:20AM LST 1.9 L
07:16AM LST 5.4 H
02:27PM LST -0.6 L
08:42PM LST 3.7 H


Anonymous said...

Yesterday was a weird day. Perfectly glassy, crystal clear water with crossed up, short period peaks and absolutely, and I mean absolutely, no one out.

Including myself. I was expecting the same muddy, poo water conditions so I took my dog for a walk. It was hard to gauge since it was sort of high tide, but as it dropped out, it was obviously looking very good.

Still, it was one of those typical situations that if you went back and got your stuff, the wind or something else would come up to muck up the conditions.

In that case, it's best to just watch & enjoy before heading off to get things done.

Anonymous said...

i was out at OB pier in SD and it was a great day. I also hit it today and, once again, very nice. It seems many people thought it was still polluted there, but it wasn't. Good for me; bad for them. :)