Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006 | Today the California coast continues to see an abundant amount of NW swell, overshadowing the meager SW element in the water right now. The NW will be backing down Friday as some small southern hemi comes into the mix. Another small SW’er is due on Monday. A better-sized southern hemi swell is on the charts for the 2nd, and we could see some WNW swell around this time as well. Another southern hemi is due on the 5th. Condition-wise, the tide is recuperating and the Santa Ana event blowing now will shift to onshore during the weekend.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 6 feet with 11-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 11 feet with 14-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 11 feet with 14-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 14 seconds from a steep 315 degrees. SW periods are running 11 seconds from 235 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running chest high at most west facing breaks, head high at times at standouts able to work the steep angled NW. South facing breaks are running waist high, mainly from NW diffraction.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running DOH at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running chest to at times head high from the diffraction action.

The tide is recuperating from that radical tidal swing we’ve been dealing with, yet highs are still pushing near 6 feet late in the morning. Our next lunar event is on…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 65 degrees in San Diego, 64 in Orange County, 64 in LA, 63 in Ventura County, 62 in Santa Barbara, 60 along the Central Coast, and 59 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were becoming offshore as a Santa Ana event started blowing across the area. Ventura County seems to be getting the brunt of the bluster now with NE gusts clocking in at up to 18 mph. Other regions were checking in with lighter winds. All coastal regions are prone to some ENE winds to 15+ mph today, calming somewhat by evening. On Friday, the winds…[more]

Small south swell due Friday as NW fades…[more]

Small SW swell due Monday…[more]

Better sized SW for 2nd, but possibly WNW with weather…[more]

Another southern hemi for 5th…[more]

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