Friday, August 6, 2010

Waves for the Weekend – Reinforcement of SW swell but not a ton of waves

It will be surfable this weekend…but nothing special overall, unless you get lucky with the right break, tide, and wind (like winning a surf lotto!)

For the weekend we are going to see a mix of SW swell, some leftover S-SW swell, and some weak local NW windswell. The SW swell (200-220) actually filled in a touch later on Friday and will hold overnight into Saturday before slowly dropping on Sunday (and turning more southerly as we move through the weekend).

Sizewise it is going to be pretty much the same all weekend…most SSW-SW spots will be around the knee-waist with a few rare chest high sets sneaking into the spots that like the tide with a little more junk in the trunk. Top SW spots, mostly in South OC and parts of North SD, will be more in the waist-chest high range with some shoulder high sets mixing it in. I suppose there might be a few bigger sets on the lower tides, particularly at the focal spots, but don’t expect to see a lot of them.

Winds look ok...mostly light and variable in the morning with a few areas of light onshore texture at really wind sensitive spots. There won’t be much bump even at the most exposed spots…but there might be a bit of crumble…so don’t expect total cleanliness. Most areas will have some W winds around 10-15 knots picking up through the afternoon…but expect a little lighter onshore bump at the spots with some protection.

Saturday Wind

Sunday Wind

I am not super excited about the weekend surf...the swell mix is small and sort of inconsistent, but it will have some waves showing at the well exposed spots...and a few of the spots can be pretty damn playful if things come together just right. Unfortunately this is the US OPEN weekend which means that the beach is going to be covered in all sorts of nonsense. Personally I would just try and give it a look in the mornings, get a few little waves if it looks ok, and get out of dodge before the chaos erupts...but that is just me. If the nonsense is your thing...then this is your weekend.

Here are the tides…

08/07/2010 Saturday
02:22AM LDT -0.6 L
08:48AM LDT 3.7 H
01:27PM LDT 2.2 L
07:35PM LDT 6.3 H

08/08/2010 Sunday
02:59AM LDT -1.0 L
09:17AM LDT 4.1 H
02:18PM LDT 1.8 L
08:22PM LDT 6.6 H


Anonymous said...

certin north oc gems are starting to shine as they do late summer early fall just need bigger swells!!

Anonymous said...

Fun in newport this afternoon. Long wait for the sets, but they were shoulder /head high. Wind didn't come up too much either.

Anonymous said...

why does surfline say SURF:
3-5 ft
waist to head high occ. 6 ft on monday but you say ankle to thigh high for south SD??

Anonymous said...

bc Adam is right. truth hurts, dude. it's summer! well, kinda. worst summer ever, but whatever.