Monday, July 24, 2006 | We have a slight increase in southerly energy in SoCal from hurricane Daniel, and NCal is seeing an increase in wind swell from the NW. There’s little to get excited about this week in SoCal surf-wise, but we do have some SW headed our way next Sunday, and some impressively sized, significant southern hemi SW is on the charts for the 3rd.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 9 feet with 8-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 5 feet with 11-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 11-second periods.

Buoys around SoCal waters are showing mostly a mix of SSW energy with Daniel’s sets coming in from 205+ at 2-3 feet with 12 second periods max, and trace southern hemi from 195 and 210 with 14-16 second periods reaching heights of 2-3 feet on the buoys as well.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 12 seconds from 200+ degrees and NW periods running 10 seconds from 305 degrees.

In SoCal, with little southern hemi energy and Daniel’s sets coming in at barely 12 seconds, size is a little disappointing with most south facing breaks seeing wave heights running waist to at times chest high with very rare but occasional pluses coming through from time to time at standouts. West facing breaks are running waist high.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to shoulder high surf around west facing breaks, but only about knee to waist at direct south facing spots.

The tide is manageable for a.m. sessions right now, but a noticeable tidal swing is right around the corner from a New Moon on Monday. This spring tide will create negative lows for early…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 72 degrees in San Diego, 68 in Orange County, 70 in LA, 68 in Ventura County, 67 in Santa Barbara, 58 along the central coast, and 58 in NCal.

Winds as of 6 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with the exception of some westerlies to 10 mph in NCal. A southerly flow is expected to pick up throughout the morning, reaching 8-12 mph from the SSE by late morning, then shift slightly from the west this afternoon to 10 mph. On Monday, the…[more]

Moderate southern hemi swell starts next Sunday…[more]

Bigger, significant SW swell on the charts for the 3rd…[more]

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