Thursday, June 29, 2006 | Thursday the California coast is once again bathed in a light sprinkling of southern hemi ground swell and NW wind swell. SW swell will start to increase Friday and fill in along the coast more this weekend. Some regions though will be facing some wind issues.

After this SW swell backs down next week, it looks like we’ll be in doldrums until the week of the 9th when a series of moderate southern hemi swells bring some surf to the California coast.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 8 feet with 8-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with 10-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 8-second periods.

In SoCal waters, buoys such as Catalina, Huntington Beach Nearshore, San Pedro and Dana Point are hovering around 2 feet with 12 to 13-second periods.

SW periods are averaging 12 seconds from 190 degrees, and NW periods are running 10 seconds from a steep 315.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets with wave heights running waist to at times chest high (although rarely much above waist high). West facing breaks are running knee to waist high.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing waist to chest high sets most everywhere.

Water temperatures are averaging 68 degrees in San Diego, 60 in Orange County, 60 in LA, 60 in Ventura County, 60 in Santa Barbara, 57 along the central coast, and 55 in NCal. We also have some chilly spots this morning with the Huntington Beach and Santa Monica Bay buoys clocking in at 59 degrees-a few degrees cooler than this time yesterday. Note that water temps could be affected by winds that are expected to become…[more]

Winds as of 6 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 14 mph south of LA, yet a little stronger to the north of LA. Going into the weekend, some regions will be seeing…[more]

SW builds Friday, peaks Saturday…[more]

Wind issues for some areas this weekend…[more]

Series of SW swells on the charts for 9th-13th…[more]

State of the Surf report for the summer of 2006

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