Friday, July 28, 2006 | We have some small surf along the California coast, but that will change soon enough. Size starts to 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. It also looks like we’re in for a fairly good burst of southern hemi swell on Sunday the 6th.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 8 feet with 8-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with 11-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 6 feet with 9-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging a weak 11 seconds from 195 degrees and NW periods running 10 seconds from 320 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running a powerless knee to at times waist high most everywhere.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to shoulder high surf around west facing breaks, waist high at south facing breaks that are able to pull in some NW diffraction from the wind swell.

The tide is starting to recuperate for early AM sessions and will be even more ideal next week. For the next couple of days though we’ll still be seeing a tidal swing from to a New Moon that peaked on Monday. This spring tide is making for some negative lows during…[more]

Water temperatures continue to be a bit warmer than normal in some locations and are averaging 75 degrees in San Diego, 74 in Orange County, 71 in LA, 71 in Ventura County, 69 in Santa Barbara, 63 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 west winds to 10 mph in NCal. Afternoon onshores should remain below 12 mph. Not much changes Friday, but by late in the weekend into early next week, gradients along the coast are expected to become…[more]

SW starts to build this weekend…[more]

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

More southern hemi due during weekend of the 5th…[more]

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