Friday, June 11, 2010

Waves for the Weekend – Eddy still kicking it on Saturday…but conditions clean up Sunday

Saturday will be rideable but the eddy winds are going to stick around…so it won’t be very clean for most areas. Sunday conditions clean up (thanks to backing down winds)…and a new S-SW swell starts to fill in.

Yep, the eddy is still holding on pretty strong (oh and thanks for all of the anonymous comments telling me about it…haha, jerks, now I have to go have a cry after writing this) and at this point it doesn’t look like it is going to back down all that much as we head into Saturday. Fortunately there are a handful of spots that can handle the S winds…so there will be some surfable, even semi-clean, waves on tap for Saturday morning. Swellwise we are going to see a mix of steady WNW-NW windswell (285-300…but still mostly showing at spots with the steeper 290-300 exposure), some leftover S-SW swells (180-210), and some very long-period SW swell (190-210 @ 20 seconds) that will be slowly filling in on the buoys throughout the day (but not showing much on the beach until Sunday).

Sizewise we can expect the average exposed spots, both WNW and SW, to see surf in the waist-chest high range…while the better WNW-NW facing breaks see some shoulder high sets. The standout NW facing breaks in Ventura and the South Bay will see some shoulder-head high surf…and the best breaks in Southern SD will have some overhead sets showing on the lower tides.

Weather will still be a bit funky on Saturday…overcast skies and eddy winds will be on tap for the morning, which means that Orange County and San Diego will have some S winds in the 5-8 knot range. Los Angeles will have lighter S-SE winds in the 4-6 knot range. Ventura and East Santa Barbara will see some ESE flow for the morning…mostly below 10-knots…but expect the winds to flip onshore pretty fast after the dawn patrol. All of the regions can expect W-WNW winds around 10-15+ knots for the afternoon.

Sunday looks to be more surfable and warmer as the winds back down, new S-SW swell arrives, and the overcast skies burn off early. We can expect the WNW-NW windswell to back down a bit more on Sunday as the winds in the outer waters trail off…but we have new S-SW swell (190-210) filling in throughout the day.

Average spots will continue to see surf in the waist-chest high range on Sunday…but the better combo spots and the more SW facing breaks will see more consistent chest-shoulder high sets on the lower tides. The standout SW facing spots, mostly through South OC and parts of San Diego, will be in the chest-head high range with some inconsistent overhead sets starting to show by the afternoon.

Winds look better for the morning…mostly light and variable, with a few pockets of texture (on and offshore) depending on how the weak ridge of pressure filters through the region. Look for building WNW-NW winds around the 10-15+ knot range by the afternoon. Weather looks nicer too…warmer air temps and sunnier skies thanks to the clouds moving out earlier in the day.

So that pretty much sums up the weekend…some rideable, but not super clean waves on Saturday…and then cleaner conditions on tap for Sunday. It is worth noting, (most of you have noticed already) that the eddy is being a pain in the ass and not really following the forecasts all that much…so it would probably be best to keep an eye on the conditions when your surf windows roll around. The local-level winds are so “spot specific” that you might luck into a cleaner session than you expect…or you could get shafted if the winds turn a couple of degrees the wrong way.

Here are the tides…have a good weekend…and go USA! (it would be nice to get some World Cup love on Saturday).

06/12/2010 Saturday
04:18AM LDT -1.2 L
10:46AM LDT 3.6 H
03:17PM LDT 2.1 L
09:27PM LDT 6.4 H

06/13/2010 Sunday
05:00AM LDT -1.3 L
11:29AM LDT 3.6 H
04:03PM LDT 2.1 L
10:11PM LDT 6.3 H

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sunday morning was great sunday after noon was mayb half the size of the morning?
Nice water temp