Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 | Today is a small day for surf along the California coast – the smallest day we’ll be seeing for a while. Southern hemi and NW wind swells start to build Wednesday with Thursday and Friday seeing a significant increase in size. Remnant southern hemi sticks around this weekend, and it looks like we’ll also have a mix of south swell energy from what is about to become hurricane Ileana. We’re also looking at some – albeit small – surf for Labor Day weekend.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 11-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 3 feet with 7-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 2 feet with 10-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 11 seconds from 200 degrees and NW periods running 4-9 seconds from 300+ degrees.

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

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing knee to waist high surf most everywhere.

The tide is not too much of an issue now but we are seeing a tidal swing from a New Moon due Wednesday that is making for some fairly high tides by late morning. This can tend to…[more]

Water temperatures are down a bit, averaging 67 degrees in San Diego, 66 in Orange County, 66 in LA, 65 in Ventura County, 64 in Santa Barbara, 58 along the central coast, and 58 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere, somewhat onshore in NCal yet somewhat offshore in SoCal. Onshores are expected to reach 8-12 mph this afternoon. Not much changes over the next few days, although…[more]

Southern hemi swell hits Thursday, Friday…[more]

Tracking Ileana for additional surf this weekend…[more]

Small Tasman Sea swell for 29th-31st…[more]

Tracking small southern hemi for Labor Day weekend…[more]

New State of our Surf Report…[more]

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