Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thursday’s Surf – WNW Leftovers with a side of weak SW swell

Thursday will be surfable…but the swell mix will be a shadow of what we saw earlier this week.

The last of our WNW-NW swell (280-300) will be fading out on Thursday while a new small SW swell (200-220) moves in and replaces the SW’er that has been sort-of showing the last few days.

Average WNW-NW facing breaks and the good combo spots can expect surf in the waist-chest high range on Thursday…maybe even a few rare bigger sets through the morning tide push. Standout NW facing breaks and the excellent combo spots, mostly in San Diego, will be more in the waist-shoulder high range with some rare shoulder-head high faces sneaking through early in the morning. Overall shape will be ok…nothing great…and it will be pretty tide sensitive so try and hit your spot when the tides will be the best.

The weather won’t be quite as warm as Wednesday but we will still see some decent conditions on Thursday. Look for light and variable to light-offshore winds for the morning and mostly clean conditions throughout Socal. WNW-NW winds around 10-13 knots build in through the afternoon.

With the swell dropping and the midmorning tide still being a little funky I don’t think that it is going to be a “great” surf day…just sort of playful/rideable…a workhorse sort of day I guess you could call it. Like I said a couple of times the tides are going to play a pretty big role in surf shape throughout the day…even though the high isn’t that “high”…I think that a morning session, before the high tide rolls in, will be your best bet.

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…

02/18/2010 Thursday
05:22AM LST 1.1 L
11:00AM LST 3.5 H
04:58PM LST 1.2 L
11:24PM LST 4.5 H

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