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Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Today we have a moderate mix of fading SW ground swell with some NW wind swell along the California coast. Much of the same is expected over the next few days with some day-to-day variations, then SW swell drops off for the weekend. It looks like we’ll get some southerly swell early next week from what is about to be hurricane Daniel, and the end of the month is looking pretty good as the southern hemisphere is starting to pick up once again.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 10 feet with 9-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 9-second periods.

The swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14 seconds from 190 degrees and NW periods running 10 seconds from a steep 320+ degrees.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets with wave heights running waist to at times chest high with rare but occasional pluses coming through from time to time. West facing breaks are running waist high.

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

The tide is ok for a.m. sessions right now, but we’re starting to see a radical tidal swing as we approach a New Moon on Monday the 24th. This spring tide will bring highs over…[more]

Water temperatures have warmed a wee bit in many areas and are averaging 73 degrees in San Diego, 73 in Orange County, 68 in LA, 64 in Ventura County, 66 in Santa Barbara, 59 along the central coast, and 53 in NCal.

Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Starting on Wednesday through Friday, some instability…[more]

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

Small weekend but then…[more]

Tracking swell from hurricane Daniel…[more]

Tracking southern hemi swells for end of the month…[more]

New Issue of our State of the Surf report.

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