Today we have a light mix of NW and SW swells along the California coast with some weather sitting just offshore. Some SW increases Monday, a bit more though Tuesday as NW fills in as well. We have some bigger NW swell though due by Thursday. We’re also tracking what could be a significantly sized southern hemi swell for the 4th-5th.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 7 feet with 9-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 14-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 13-second periods.

Overall, the predominant swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 12 seconds from 300 degrees, and SW from 180 with 14-second periods.

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

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running head high around west facing breaks, waist to chest high+ at south facing spots.

Since we’ve seen some rain recently and more could be on the way, we are facing the possibility of increased bacteria levels from runoff. 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 running negative this morning as we recuperate from a tidal swing from a New Moon that peaked last Tuesday. This spring tide though will even out more as the week progresses…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 57 degrees in San Diego, 56 in Orange County, 55 in LA, 55 in Ventura County, 54 in Santa Barbara, 53 along the Central Coast and 50 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 8:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with an onshore trend. Onshores are expected to increase throughout the morning, becoming 15 mph this afternoon. A storm that’s bearing down on the region today could leave Monday with some onshores early, but then Tuesday should see…[more]

More rain possibly later today, tonight…[more]

SW builds Monday…[more]

SW with NW Tuesday…[more]

Bigger NW by Thursday…[more]

Tracking potentially potent SW’er for 4th-5th…[more]

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