Thursday, July 6, 2006 | Today is a very small surf day along the California coast with mostly short periods, steep angled wind swell filling in along west facing breaks. Some SW swell fills in this weekend into next week, and some SW is due on the 14th as well. We’re also tracking a moderate SW’er for the 18th. Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 3 feet with 6-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 7-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 9 feet with 8-second periods.

While impressive in size on these outer water buoys, this short period energy is coming in from a steep 315-335 and barely making it into the coastline. Also, only traces of southerly energy are hitting the buoys with some buoys not registering enough recordable energy from the south to show much above mere inches.

The swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 15 seconds from 175 degrees, and NW periods running a very short 8 seconds from a very steep 315 to 335.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets with wave heights running knee high. West facing breaks are running waist high with some occasional bigger peaks coming through from time to time at standout west facing breaks; however, with the NW energy having only 7-second periods, wave shape at west facing breaks is probably not quite to par.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing peaky waist to chest high + sets at most west facing breaks; knee high at south facing spots.

The tide is becoming an issue from a fairly radical tidal swing due to a Full Moon due on Monday. This spring tide, will be affecting…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 73 degrees in San Diego, 72 in Orange County, 66 in LA, 61 in Ventura County, 60 in Santa Barbara, 53 along the central coast, and 53 in NCal.

Winds as of 6 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 15 mph. On Friday, the…[more]

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

SW due on the 14th…[more]

Tracking SW for the 18th…[more]

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