Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 | Today we once again have a small mix of light NW wind swell and southern hemi ground swell along the California coast. Not much changes Friday, but we are expecting some southerly swell Saturday from what is about to become Hurricane Hector; however, we may see some wind issues this weekend as well. We’re still on track for the southern hemi swell on the 24th-25th, and we’re keeping an eye on some Tasman Sea originating SW for the 29th-30th.

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

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 13 seconds from 200 degrees and NW periods running 6-9 seconds from 310 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist high most everywhere.

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 for morning sessions right now, but evening sessions are seeing a tidal swing with highs in the 6-foot range. This spring tide will tend to slow…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 68 degrees in San Diego, 65 in Orange County, 67 in LA, 68 in Ventura County, 68 in Santa Barbara, 61 along the central coast, and 59 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Onshores are expected to reach 8-12 mph this afternoon. While Friday should stay fairly calm in the a.m., the weekend will be seeing a…[more]

Small southern hemi SW Friday, Saturday…[more]

Tracking some light southerly swell from Hector for Saturday…[more]

Possible wind issues this weekend…[more]

Southern hemi swell due 24th-25th…[more]

Tracking Tasman Sea swell for 29th-30th…[more]

New State of our Surf Report (Aug. 9)…[more]

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