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Waist to Chest-High Sets

Today (Tuesday) our latest SW swell continues to decline as NW wind swell builds. Our next SW swell comes to its peak on Mother’s Day, and more SW is being tracked for the 19th.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 10 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 12 feet with 10-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 13 feet with 10-second periods.

NW periods are averaging 10 seconds from 320 degrees and SW is coming in from 180 degrees with 14-second periods.

In SoCal, most south-facing breaks are seeing waist to chest high sets with standouts still seeing some pluses at times. West facing breaks are running mostly chest high.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running slightly overhead at most all west facing breaks, bigger at times at standouts. South facing spots are running chest high.

The tide is not much of an issue right now, but when our next SW swell rolls in later this weekend (by Sunday) we will be facing a tidal swing from a Full Moon due late this week. This spring tide will bring on some negative lows for dawn patrol sessions this weekend, which will tend to put a slow-down at many breaks, especially the reefs and points.

Water temperatures have dropped somewhat along areas north of Pt. Conception, yet are holding their own in SoCal. Right now, water temps are averaging 60 degrees in San Diego, 60 in Orange County, 60 in LA, 59 in Ventura County, 59 in Santa Barbara, 52 along the central coast, and 52 in NCal. Gradients are trending from north to south, which appears to be…[more]

Winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with the exception of some southerly texture breezes to 7 mph in many areas of SoCal. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 12-15 from the west. Wednesday will be a bit different in that…[more]

SW creeps in Saturday, but better on Sunday…[more]

Long-period, infrequent Tasman Sea swell 16th-17th…[more]

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