Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 | Today the southern hemi SW swell was still hanging around, and this afternoon some long period NW forerunners associated with the northern Pacific swell due this week were being felt along the coast. We do have other, smaller southern hemi SW swells on the charts for this week, mixing with building NW. Weather takes a cool, autumn-like turn in a couple days, and winds will likely follow suit. We have more southern hemi swells in our sights for next week as well.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 6 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 5 feet with 17-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 17-second periods.

While these outer water, northern indicators show primarily NW energy, buoys around SoCal waters are showing mostly SW swell with 2.4-3.2 foot seas having 14-16 second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14-16 seconds from 210-220 degrees and NW periods running 4-8 seconds from 300 degrees. The NW forerunners are coming in from 310 degrees with 17-20 second periods.

In SoCal, wave heights have been running chest high at most south facing breaks with some pluses at standouts. West facing breaks are running waist to chest high.

Northern California and the Central Coast have been seeing chest to shoulder high surf just about everywhere.

The tide is still a bugger late in the morning as we’re slowly retreating from a tidal swing attributed to a Full Moon that occurred Thursday. This spring tide is pushing high tides well into the 6-foot zone, which can tend to…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 70 degrees in San Diego, 67 in Orange County, 68 in LA, 64 in Ventura County, 62 in Santa Barbara, 57 along the central coast, and 56 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 2 this afternoon were expectedly onshore, as high as 17 mph in SD, yet a bit calmer north of Pt. Conception. Tuesday morning should start out with some light winds, yet as gradients trend offshore on Tuesday, the direction will likely be a bit northerly (or NNE’erly). Afternoon onshores Tuesday should be similar as today. Some potent troughing is expected during the second half of the week, and as a result…[more]

Light southern hemis off and on this week…[more]

NW ground swell to fill in, then turn to wind swell in the next couple of days…[more]

Tracking southern hemi SW swells for next week…[more]

New State of our Surf Report…[more]

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