Today we’ve got a mix of WNW wind swell and SW ground swell along the California coast. NW energy will be picking up over the next couple of days, but we are facing some wind issues and exceptionally high tides. An offshore event is headed our way for the beginning of the coming week, and we could see some impressively sized NW swell by the middle of the week.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 5 feet with 10-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 5 feet with 9-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 12-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows WNW periods averaging 11 seconds from 270-280 degrees. SW periods are running 14 seconds from 190 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist to chest high at most south facing breaks. West facing spots are seeing sloppier sets running waist to chest with pluses at standouts.

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

The tide is becoming a problem as we’ve entered into a radical tidal swing due to a Full Moon that will peak on Sunday. This spring tide is bringing highs into the 6-foot zone (near 7 feet in some places) for early AM sessions, which can…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 65 degrees in San Diego, 64 in Orange County, 65 in LA, 63 in Ventura County, 64 in Santa Barbara, 61 along the Central Coast, and 60 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Onshores are expected to pick up throughout the morning, becoming 15-20 mph this afternoon. A weather system moving through to the north will bring some wind issues to all areas over the next few days. On Friday…[more]

WNW swell builds toward weekend…[more]

Light southern hemi due Sunday as well…[more]

Tracking potentially powerful NW for middle of next week…[more]

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