Thursday, June 22, 2006 | Thursday our latest southern hemi SW swell is starting to fade, as is NW wind swell along the coast. The drift in dwindling surf will continue through Saturday. Sunday sees a slight increase in surf with Monday looking a little better. Still, nothing too breathtaking is on the charts at the moment, with so far only some small activity showing up on the models for the beginning of July that would likely fade by Independence Day. Our next possible significant swell is being gauged for the 7th, but this so far appears to be moderately sized.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 9 feet with 9-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 8 feet with 9-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 6 feet with 16-second periods.

SW periods are averaging 16 seconds from a steep 175 degrees, and NW periods are running 9 seconds from 310.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets running chest to shoulder high. Breaks able to work the steep south are seeing sets head high at times. West facing breaks are running waist high + with dual exposure spots seeing bigger sets.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running chest to head high at west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running chest to shoulder high, seeing not only the southern hemi swell but also some NW diffraction.

Water temperatures are averaging 69 degrees in San Diego, 66 in Orange County, 67 in LA, 61 in Ventura County, 62 in Santa Barbara, 55 along the central coast, and 55 in NCal.

Winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable with a slight NE element. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 8-12 mph. Although high pressure will be building over the region this weekend, a week low sitting off the northern coast will affect the weekend winds…[more]

Light SW Sunday into Monday…[more]

Light SW due July 1…[more]

Tracking SW for 7th…[more]

State of the Surf report for the summer of 2006

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