Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 | Today we have some small to moderate NW swell along the coast, dampened by an excessively high tide. Winds will be problematic in many areas this morning as well. The smallness continues Wednesday as winds take a turn for the better. NW swell begins to build Thursday and gets even bigger on Friday, but weather and winds may very well trash conditions then. We’re tracking more NW for early next week.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 8 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 8 feet with 14-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 7 feet with 16-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 14 seconds from 295 degrees.

In SoCal, west facing breaks are running waist to at times chest high. South facing breaks are running knee to waist. Many spots though, as of this report, are expected to be shut down due to the excessively high tide.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running chest to head high+. South facing breaks are running chest high.

The tide is a problem for AM sessions over the next few days as we’re still in that radical tidal swing from a Full Moon on Wednesday. This spring tide is bringing flooding highs well into the 6-foot range, near 7-feet in…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 59 degrees in San Diego, 59 in Orange County, 59 in LA, 58 in Ventura County, 57 in Santa Barbara, 57 along the Central Coast, and 57 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were pretty much calm everywhere except for the Ventura County region where NE winds to 14 mph with gusts to 37 were being reported. These NE winds could be problematic in most all areas this morning, but should relax this afternoon. Wednesday looks…[more]

Winds relax Wednesday but surf on the small side…[more]

Hefty NW for Thursday into Friday, but weather and winds too…[more]

Tracking NW for early next week…[more]

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