Friday, April 23, 2010

Waves for the Weekend – Mix of S-SW and NW swell and some nice weather

Looks like we are going to be able to find some surf on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. The tide may cause a few issues in the mornings of each day but winds should stay light enough to let us get some still clean waves as it drops.

On Saturday the windswell drops off even more, but the S-SW swell (180-210) fills in more and a new background pulse of NW swell (290-300) work to replace the fading windswell.

Most spots will continue to run around waist-chest high on sets. The well exposed S-SW facing spots will see more waist-shoulder high surf while the standout NW/SW combo spots see some head high+ sets.

Weather looks nice on Saturday. Light and variable winds on tap for the morning with some building onshore flow for the afternoon. Look for clean conditions early and then NW winds around 10-14 knots pushing in through the second half of the day.

Sunday more SW swell (190-215) moves in and mixes with the already showing S-SW swell and background NW swell (290-300). The local windswell may come up a touch at the well exposed spots as well.

Look for more consistent chest high surf at the average spots while the standout S-SW combo breaks see shoulder-head high surf with some rare plus sets showing on the lower tides.

Weather looks good with A little bit of eddy starting to spin up on Sunday…but not enough to junk up the morning. Expect light and variable winds for most areas early on and then NW winds around 10-14 knots by the afternoon. Clearing skies and beach temps in the low 70’s should make for a nice day.

Overall the surf won’t be all that big or consistent, but the weather will be warm, the mornings clean, and once we sneak past the morning swampthing we should be able to get a few fun ones showing at the well exposed spots. You can probably get away riding your good ‘all-round’ board…but you might want something that works well in mushier “high-tide” surf if you are stuck just surfing the dawn patrol…that or find a spot that really likes the high tide.

Here are the tides…have a good one!

04/24/2010 Saturday
12:52AM LDT 1.2 L
06:33AM LDT 4.4 H
01:00PM LDT 0.1 L
07:19PM LDT 5.1 H

04/25/2010 Sunday
01:44AM LDT 0.4 L
07:32AM LDT 4.4 H
01:39PM LDT 0.3 L
07:51PM LDT 5.6 H


Anonymous said...

Doesnt an all around board work for...anything?

Anonymous said...

It works...alright...on anything. You may find yourself lacking a little something.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

shoulder to head high at the top south and combo spots? I surf newport which is probably the best south swell spot around and loves the combo ness, its like waist high did i miss something?
You know im just messin adam, like the rest of us your probably just watching too much playoffs to be paying attention to the surf. Go mavs!
Thanks for the killer forecast's adam

Anonymous said...

SD was shoulder to head...but don't tell anyone........

Anonymous said...

Pretty fun at the river jetties, nice fun little peaks a few almost in the chest high range, nice weather too finally.

Adam Wright said...

Anon~4/24 8:35

The swell direction was slipping more to the SW as we moved through the weekend...which pushes Newport more into a shadowed area. Spots down in South County (as you probably read from the other reports/posts) started to work a bit better than the north County spots. Maybe we should blow up Catalina (ah guys in the FBI...this is a joke).