Thursday, March 18, 2010

Friday’s Surf – lingering combo with cleaner conditions

Friday will be a surf day.

The WNW-NW swell (285-300) will slowly, very slowly fade out on Friday…it gets a little medium period reinforcement swell that helps to prop up the bigger energy from Thursday. Our S-SW swell (180-210) will stick around and continue to be a bit inconsistent on the sets. Winds look a little better for Friday and it looks like they should stay lighter longer and help us extend the surf window.

Most of the average WNW facing breaks and the better combo spots will see some waist-shoulder high surf. Standout NW facing breaks and the excellent combo spot (mostly in Ven/So-Bay/South SD areas) will see surf more in the chest-head high range with some inconsistent overhead sets showing on the lower tides. Remember the NPAC swell has most of the energy coming in pretty steep (above 290) so only the really exposed spots will have the bigger sets.

Winds look decent on Friday…mostly light and variable for the morning but with some pockets of light offshore flow near the usual passes and canyons. There may be some fog early in the morning but it looks like it will burn off or push offshore pretty quickly after sunrise. Afternoon winds look light as well…expect some variable onshore flow around 10-12 knots for most areas.

Friday looks like a much better surf day than Thursday…the winds are supposed to cooperate a bit more and it looks like the mix of WNW-NW/S-SW swell will even out a bit and let the swells combo up a bit better than they have been. Personally I am going to try and get out and surf in the morning while the winds are light and the tide is low...but I don’t think that dawn-patrol is totally critical…conditions should hold together long enough to get a few clean ones through mid-morning and the “high” tide is only a 3-footer that finally rolls in around lunchtime…so it shouldn’t hurt us too bad either.

Here are the tides…

03/19/2010 Friday
06:07AM LDT 0.3 L
12:04PM LDT 3.2 H
05:17PM LDT 1.5 L
11:39PM LDT 5.0 H


Anonymous said...

I hope everyone gets some tomorrow who got the trash today. I going out for round two in the mornin

Anonymous said...

So no more stiff SE winds tomorrow morning?

Anonymous said...

845 pm thursday night and its still strong onshore you sure about this one?

Anonymous said...

Adam, you're the best. I hadn't even thought about surfing today, after epic Wed and leftover Thurs. That line from Endless Summer, "you should have been here yesterday" applied in spades; what a difference a day makes.

I hadn't even thought about surfing today, but as I look outside in the dark I can see my motionless wind-chime. A quick check with CDIP, and voila!

Anonymous said...

so nice to see some south swell today, with off shores. Left!

Anonymous said...

Newps was pumping, morning barrels sets in the head high+ range and the hole circus at 54th street is back.
Good call adam!