Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 | Today NW swell is beginning to build along the California coast as a windy storm approaches the region. Size increases significantly Friday, but conditions are looking less than favorable. Some milder NW and more ideal weather and winds are on tap for the beginning of next week. We also have a couple NW’ers in our sites with possible ETAs on the 12th and 14th.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 13 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 11 feet with 14-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 9 feet with 17-second periods.

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

In SoCal, wave heights are running chest high at most west facing breaks, head high at times at standouts. South facing breaks are running waist to at times chest high. 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 a few feet overhead to at times DOH. South facing breaks are running chest high.

The tide is a major problem today as we’re still in that radical tidal swing from a Full Moon the peaked on Wednesday. This spring tide is bringing flooding highs near 7-feet for early morning sessions, shutting…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 59 degrees in San Diego, 59 in Orange County, 60 in LA, 57 in Ventura County, 58 in Santa Barbara, 57 along the Central Coast, and 57 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 8:00 this morning were light and variable just about everywhere. Early afternoon onshores should remain light, but by mid afternoon a storm bears down on the region bringing some very…[more]

NW increases Friday, but weather and winds too…[more]

Milder NW ground swell early next week…[more]

Tracking NW’ers with possible ETAs on 12th and 14th…[more]

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