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Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006 | We have a small mix of light NW wind swell and southern hemi ground swell along the California coast. Wind swell picks up a bit over the next couple of days as small pulses of SW swell persist this week. Our next significant swell event is on tap by the 25th from a nicely angled southern hemi system that’s throwing some waves our way.
Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 5 feet with 9-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with 8-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 9-second periods.
Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14 seconds from 200 degrees and NW periods running 6-9 seconds from 305 degrees.
In SoCal, wave heights are running waist high at most south facing breaks with some rare but occasional pluses approaching chest high at standouts. West facing spots are running knee to waist high.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing waist to chest high sets at most west facing breaks, knee to waist high around south facing spots.
The tide is not much of an issue now, but we will be seeing a significant tidal swing for late afternoon and evening sessions later this week with…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 69 degrees in San Diego, 66 in Orange County, 64 in LA, 68 in Ventura County, 68 in Santa Barbara, 63 along the central coast, and 59 degrees in NCal.
Winds as of 6 this morning were light and variable most everywhere; however, some areas were picking up westerlies to 8 mph. Onshores are expected to increase throughout the morning and reach 15 mph this afternoon. Another short wave trough is expected to pass through the region today, which could create some…[more]
Wind swell continues this week…[more]
Minor bumps of SW swell off and on this week…[more]
Southern hemi swell due 24th-25th…[more]
New State of our Surf Report (Aug. 9)…[more]