Thursday, July 13, 2006 | Today is a small day for surf along the California coast, but things are about to pick up. We have some moderate southern hemi ground swell filling in Friday, and when it peaks on Saturday we’ll also be seeing surf from Hurricane Bud – a now impressively sized category 3 storm. Hurricane Carlotta will be trailing behind Bud’s surf, and then some light southern hemi swell will be on tap by midweek.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 6 feet with 9-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with 7-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 6-second periods.

There’s also some southerly energy hitting the buoys, hovering barely at 2 feet with 14-second periods.

The swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14 seconds from 220 degrees, and NW periods running a very short 7 seconds from a steep 310 degrees.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets with current wave heights running knee to waist high. West facing breaks are about the same.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing knee to waist high surf most everywhere.

The tide is still an issue right now from a tidal swing that’s slow to recuperate from a Full Moon that peaked on Monday. This spring tide, is…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 68-70 degrees in San Diego, 65 in Orange County, 67 in LA, 63 in Ventura County, 64 in Santa Barbara, 53 along the central coast, and 53 in NCal. There is a concern for a possible upwelling by…[more]

Along the coast though, winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 14 mph from the west. On Friday…[more]

SW due Friday into weekend with increasing NW…[more]

Swell from Hurricane Bud on the way…[more]

Some southern hemi with Carlotta swell next week…[more]

Light SW for 19th and 23rd…[more]

Tracking next swell for 27th…[more]

New Issue of our State of the Surf report.

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