Playful combo through the weekend. Better s.hemi due next week

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Austin Gendron
(Thursday) 6.15.17

Short Range Surf Forecast Overview

WNW-NW wind swell will hold Thursday, and taper a little more Friday.  Small s.hemi will linger through the end of the week.  A mix of small WNW-NW energy will fill in over the weekend, as new southerly energy starts to fill in as well.  A bigger mix of S-SSE (170-180) and SW (210-220) pulses will start building through the first half of next week, peaking mid to late next week.   Read more for details…..

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So much for windswell/swell mix tapering off through the week.  There was enough energy in the water Wednesday to produce some fun knee to chest high waves in Santa Barbara.  It looks like that trend is going to hold through Thursday, although size farther south might be weaker and on the smaller side.  We’ve also got some minor s.hemi in the water right now contributing some knee to waist high waves to the mix.  Wind swell will ease, but some additional medium period WNW-NW due Saturday could help maintain at least playful knee-waist high waves through what looks like will be a rather warm weekend.

Things start to look a little more interesting on Sunday as new southerly swell starts to fill in.  It looks like it will be a combination of background SW (210-220) and more dominant S-SSE (170-180).  The swells are expected to mix together to bring around 2-3 feet of deepwater swell during the peak next Tuesday/Wednesday.  With deepwater heights in that range, we’re expecting average spots to be running waist to chest high, with standouts potentially seeing some chest high to head high+ waves, maybe even bigger at focal spots and magnets.  Conditions are looking pretty good during that time too.  I wouldn’t be surprised with all the kids getting out of school, if the mid-day lineups aren’t looking pretty crowded.

Here’s what to expect on a day-to-day basis this week:

Thursday the 15th SSW adds to the mix, and wind swell holds.  Most standouts running knee to chest high.

Friday the 16th smaller southern hemi swell continues.  Wind swell lingers. standout combo spots should continue running knee to waist high+

Saturday the 17th  southern hemi continues to bring knee to waist high waves to standouts.  Small WNW-NW energy fills in for a little combo as well

Sunday the 18th new S-SSE starts building, wave heights could increase into the knee to chest high range at standout southerly exposures late.

Monday the 19th S-SSE and SW combo continue to build, standouts likely to be running waist to chest high+, possibly head high sets during the afternoon tide push at magnets and focal spots.

Tuesday the 20th surf at southerly exposures expected in the waist to head high range, with bigger sets possible at top spots.

Wednesday the 21st The s.hemi mix peaks, with waist to chest high+ along the exposed coast.  Standouts expected to see some set waves in the head high to overhead range.

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Long-Range Surf and Swell Forecast

North Pacific Swell Forecast

No notable swell makers in the near future.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

Looking further out, we have new SW (215-225) that should be arriving on the 22nd. The storm is currently traveling NE along the coast of New Zealand, generating 35+ foot seas with a good trajectory for California.

These swells tend to be better focused on Central and Northern California. More average summer spots around Socal and the Central Coast could be waist to chest high+ or a little bigger. Standouts for Central California could see bigger set waves coming through at magnets and deepwater spots. More info early next week.

Next long-range forecast expected for Monday the 19th of June. 

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster