Tuesday, May 22, 2007 | Today we have a good amount of NW wind swell along the coast with some building SW. NW wind swell will diminish over the next couple days, leaving SW as the dominant feature along the coast. More southern hemi swell is due for the holiday weekend, and we have a couple SW swells due next week. We’ve also just released our new State of the Surf report, discussing what we might expect in the way of waves this summer.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 3 feet with 9-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 9 feet with 10-second periods and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 9 feet with 10-second periods.

While these northern buoys are showing the NW wind swell element along the coast (and plenty of it), many SoCal near-shore buoys are seeing also building south swell energy with seas running 2.4-2.9 feet with 14-16 second periods with some forerunners coming in from 220 with 20-second periods.

Overall, NW periods are averaging 8-10 seconds from 285 degrees. Dominant southerly periods are running 15 seconds from 185.

In SoCal, wave heights today are influenced by NW wind swell most everywhere, running chest to head high at most west facing breaks, but peaky. South facing breaks are cleaner, running waist to chest high, although breaks with SW exposure can expect a little better size from…[more]

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running head high+ at west facing breaks. South facing spots are running waist to chest high+, bigger though at breaks with SW exposure.

The tide is still dipping to extreme lows for midmorning sessions due to a tidal swing from the New Moon that peaked last Wednesday. This spring tide’s lows will shut down…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 60 degrees in San Diego, 59 in Orange County, 59 in LA, 56 in Ventura County, 55 in Santa Barbara, 54 along the Central Coast and 50 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with a slight onshore trend. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 15 mph this afternoon. The strong, northerly gradients responsible for the recent onshore trend are beginning to relax as high pressure makes a temporary comeback Wednesday, possibly with some…[more]

NW wind swell diminishes Wednesday, more so Thursday…[more]

Southern hemi Wednesday…[more]

SW for Memorial Day weekend…[more]

SW swells due next week…[more]

New State of our Surf Report…[more]

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