Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 | Today the NW swell is starting to hit the Northern Coast and will be filling into SoCal throughout the day, peaking on Friday with some light southern hemi SW. Friday though is now facing a greater chance of precipitation, although AM sessions in some locales may be spared rainfall until the evening. We have a light SW’er due on the 18th, and we’ll be seeing some bigger southern hemi swells from the 21st-23rd.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 7 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 6 feet with 14-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 14-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 14 seconds from 295 degrees and SW periods running 11 seconds from 240 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist to at times chest high at most west facing breaks, knee to waist at south facing spots.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to head high surf at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running waist to chest high, mainly from NW diffraction.

Weather is fair today, but it looks like rain is right around the corner. Rain is expected in most locales by Friday night, and once it comes down, we’ll be facing the possibility of increased bacteria levels from run off. As a reminder, there is a risk of increased bacteria levels through a period of at least 72-hours following the end of any measurable rain event. Water contact should be avoided during this period, especially within 100 yards of drainpipes, creek outlets, river mouths, etc.

The tide is becoming manageable for at least AM sessions over the next few days, but we’ll start to see a noticeable tidal swing early…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 63 degrees in San Diego, 63 in Orange County, 62 in LA, 63 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 60 along the central coast, and 58 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 8-12 mph, mainly from the SSW. On Friday, winds in many locales will…[more]

SW peaks in SoCal Friday with SW, but weather issues…[more]

South swell due on 18th…[more]

Substantial SW due 21st-23rd…[more]

New State of our Surf Report (Oct. 5)…[more]

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