Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 | Today we have a decent mix of SW ground swell and NW wind swell along the California coast. Southern hemi SW swell is on the rise and will increase a bit more over the next couple of days as wind swell fades. Waves from the southern hemisphere will continue to arrive early next week, some NW ground swell is on the charts, and a possibly significant southern hemisphere swell is in our sights for the 18th-19th. We’ve also issued our latest State of our Surf report today, where we break down what to expect in the way of waves in the coming weeks and months.

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 7 feet with 9-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 8-second periods.

While these outer water, northern indicators show primarily NW wind swell, buoys around SoCal waters are showing increasing SW swell with 2.2-2.8 foot seas having 14-16 second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14 seconds from 195 degrees and NW periods running 8 seconds from 300 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist to chest high at most south facing breaks with occasional pluses at standouts reaching shoulder high. West facing breaks are running waist high.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest high wind swell surf at west facing breaks, a little bigger at breaks with NW’erly exposure. South facing breaks are running waist high.

The tide is a bit of a problem right now for late morning sessions from a tidal swing attributed to a Full Moon today. This spring tide will be making for high tides in the 6-foot zone, which can tend to…[more]

Water temperatures appear to be on the rebound after a cool-down that peaked about 36 hours ago. Water temps are currently averaging 67 degrees in San Diego, 66 in Orange County, 65 in LA, 62 in Ventura County, 61 in Santa Barbara, 57 along the central coast, and 56 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 8 this morning were light and variable just about everywhere except for some southerly coastal eddy texture breezes in some coastal zones. Gradients have expectedly turned onshore, yet the weekend should see…[more]

SW swell on the rise…[more]

Moderate southern hemis due next week…[more]

Tracking light NW ground swell for the 12th-13th…[more]

Tracking potentially significant southern hemisphere swell for the 18th-19th…[more]

We’ve issued our latest State of our Surf Report today…[more]

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