Monday, July 17, 2006 | We have a moderate mix of SW ground swell and NW wind swell along the California coast. Some small variations in southwest energy will provide little variance in size this week. There is a weather note for this week for regions from San Diego through the Central Coast as tropical moisture is about to move into the region, and with it comes the possibility of precipitation – even to coastal regions.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 6 feet with 11-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 10-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 7 feet with 10-second periods.

The swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14 seconds from 210 degrees with some remnants of Bud coming in from 180 with 12-second periods. NW periods are running 7-11 seconds from a steep 310-320 degrees.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets with current wave heights running waist to chest high with standouts, mostly south of LA seeing some pluses. West facing breaks are running waist high.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to head high sets around west facing breaks. Size is running waist high at south facing breaks, bigger though at dual exposure spots.

The tide is manageable for AM sessions right now, but we will be seeing another radical tidal swing later this week as we approach a New Moon on Monday the 24th. This spring tide will bring…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 70 degrees in San Diego, 65 in Orange County, 67 in LA, 64 in Ventura County, 64 in Santa Barbara, 53 along the central coast, and 53 in NCal.

Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with the only exception being some westerlies to 12 mph in NCal. The eddy that was showing up on the models earlier turned into a paper tiger, and moderate winds should prevail this morning. Afternoon winds are expected to reach 8-12 mph. Starting on Monday, it looks like we’ll be seeing…[more]

Light SW on and off throughout the week…[more]

Subtropical moisture about to fill into the region…[more]

New Issue of our State of the Surf report.

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