Tuesday, Feb 5, 2008 | Today we still have quite a bit of NW swell along the California coast, mixing with some light southern hemi. Size will back off during the second half of the week, but NW ground swell is due this weekend, peaking Sunday into Monday. More NW ground swell is being tracked for the 13th. Condition-wise, weather and winds are looking decent for a while, but the tide is swinging widely.

Right now, the California Buoy has dropped to 10 feet with 14-second periods, the San Francisco buoy is at 10 feet with 16-second periods, the Monterey buoy is at 13 feet with 16-second periods, the Cape San Martin buoy is at 14 feet with 16-second periods, and the Pt. Conception buoy is at 14 feet with 14-second periods.

Overall, NW periods are averaging 14 seconds from a steep, 310-320 degrees. SW periods are running 14 seconds from 220.

In SoCal, the steep angle of the NW swell is making it tough for many breaks. West facing breaks working this angle are seeing chest to head high set waves and direct south facing breaks (picking up both some southern hemi and wrap) are running waist to chest.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running 12-15 feet on the faces around west facing breaks; 1-3 feet overhead at direct south facing spots picking up the wrap.

The tide is an issue as we enter into a tidal swing due to a New Moon that’ll peak Wednesday night. This lunar event is pushing highs into the…[more]

Water temps are averaging 56 degrees in San Diego, 56 in Orange County, 54 in LA, 54 in Ventura County, 55 in Santa Barbara, 55 along the Central Coast and 51 degrees in NCal. Click here for current water temps.

Winds at 7:00 this morning were light and mostly offshore, although some spots near LA were checking in above 10 mph. Winds should remain offshore throughout the morning, then turn onshore in the afternoon from 7-11 mph. There shouldn’t be too much change over the next few days, but there…[more]

Light NW Wednesday…[more]

Smaller surf Thursday, Friday…[more]

NW ground swell builds Saturday, more Sunday…[more]

Tracking NW ground swell for 13th…[more]

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