Tuesday, July 25, 2006 | Today we have some small to moderate SW swell and light NW wind swell along the California coast. The SW will diminish over the next couple of days, and NW wind swell will back down this week as well. Things pick up this weekend as a trend of southern hemi SW begins to build, reaching its peak with some impressively sized surf by Thursday the 3rd.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 9 feet with 9-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 5 feet with 10-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 11-second periods.

Buoys around SoCal waters are showing mostly SSW energy running 2-3 feet with 11-13 second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 12 seconds from 185 degrees and NW periods running 9 seconds from 315 degrees.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are 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, waist to chest at south facing breaks.

The tide is becoming an issue for early AM sessions with dawn experiencing a noticeable tidal swing from to a New Moon that peaked yesterday. This spring tide will create negative lows for…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 74 degrees in San Diego, 73 in Orange County, 71 in LA, 69 in Ventura County, 69 in Santa Barbara, 60 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 NW winds to 10 mph in NCal. A southerly flow is expected to pick up throughout the morning, and then turn westerly to 8-12 mph during the afternoon. Sitting on the dividing line between a summertime high over the West and incoming Pacific troughing, gradients over the next few days will make for…[more]

SW diminishes over next 48 hours, but then…[more]

SW starts to build this weekend…[more]

Significant SW to hit California by the 3rd…[more]

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