Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Waves for Wednesday – Morning leftovers…more weather arriving in the afternoon

Wednesday will be a surf day…at least in the morning.

Wednesday morning we will see a mix of mostly holding leftover WNW-NW energy and a touch of SW swell holding in the background. It will actually start off a touch smaller than Tuesday but overall should still be surfable at the well exposed spots (though you might want to avoid the early morning high tide. Late in the day a new mix of WNW-NW swell (280-300) and some new SW swell (190-215) will star to arrive…not showing much before dark, but possibly putting a couple of new lines into the top WNW and SW facing breaks before the sun sets.

For the morning…we can expect the average WNW facing spots and the good combo breaks to hold in the knee-waist high range. Standout WNW-NW breaks and the excellent combo spots will be more in the waist-chest high range with some inconsistent shoulder high sets mixing in on the lower tides.

Not much change for the afternoon but I would keep an eye on the NW facing breaks there may be a few bigger waves (or at least more consistent sets) starting to sneak in, particularly up around Ventura/Santa Barbara.

Winds will be pretty clean for the morning…sort of light/variable for most areas and a few pockets of E-NE winds near the passes and canyons. Look for building W-SW winds around 10-15 knots for the afternoon with some stronger near 20+ knot gusts hitting up around Point Conception as a new cold front arrives. Expect cloudy skies and a chance for rain later in the day.

So again nothing outstanding on tap for Wednesday…just fun, sort of soft, leftovers showing most areas and a few faster sections at the well exposed spots that can handle a little extra high tide. I would try and surf through the first half of the day…the approaching front is supposed to break down conditions pretty quickly by the afternoon evening. Personally I am going to shoot for midmorning…and hope the dropping tide wins the race against the wind/rain.

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…

02/24/2010 Wednesday
04:57AM LST 5.3 H
12:38PM LST -0.7 L
07:10PM LST 3.5 H
11:54PM LST 2.0 L

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