Monday, July 3, 2006 | While SW backs down Monday, wind swell will be somewhat persistent this week, possibly stronger during the second half of the week. Some moderate SW swell days are on tap from the 8th through the 13th, and it looks like we could see a decent sized SW’er by the 14th as well.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 8-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 6 feet with 7-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 9 feet with 7-second periods.

While these outer water, northern buoys depict the NW wind swell element in the water, the southern element is hitting buoys such as Catalina, Huntington Beach Nearshore, San Pedro and Dana Point with 2-3 foot seas with 15-second periods.

The swell energy in the water shows SW periods averaging 15 seconds from 190 degrees, and NW periods running a very short 7 seconds from a steep 312.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets with wave heights running waist to at times chest high. West facing breaks are running waist high with some occasional chest high peaks coming through from time to time; however, with the NW energy having only 7-second periods, breaks with decent westerly exposure can expect some peaky slop-chop at times.

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

The tide is manageable now, but we are in for a fairly radical tidal swing from a Full Moon due on the 10th. This spring tide, will be affecting evening sessions later in the week with…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 69 degrees in San Diego, 65 in Orange County, 67 in LA, 62 in Ventura County, 60 in Santa Barbara, 52 along the central coast, and 52 in NCal. Recent strong outer winds seem to have created an upwelling north of Pt. Conception, yet SoCal waters appear to remain untouched at the moment. Outer water winds should subside in the next 24 hours, which should reduce the threat of a cold water upwelling, yet it’s still not out of the question for some parts of SoCal in the next 24 hours.

Winds as of 8 this morning were light and variable most everywhere yet NCal had some westerlies to 13 mph, Oxnard was checking in with westerlies to 8, and San Diego South to 10. Everywhere else was clocking in with calm breezes. Winds, for the most part, should not exceed 12 mph along the coast this afternoon. On Monday, it looks like…[more]

Wind swell builds during second half of week…[more]

Series of SW swells starts to build by the weekend…[more]

SW being tracked for the 14th…[more]

State of the Surf report for the summer of 2006

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