small but playful surf at standouts through the work week

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Austin Gendron
(Monday) 2.12.18

Short Range Surf Forecast Overview

Small but playful mix of southern hemi energy and WNW (~295) will bring small to moderate sized surf through at least midweek.  Leftovers expected Friday through most of the weekend.  New WNW-NW swell/wind swell mix due to build early next week.  Read more for details.

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The mix of windswell (270-280) and southern hemi (190-200) in the water eases a little Tuesday, and settles into the knee to waist high+ range, potentially chest high at standouts.

There will be some minor WNW-NW filtering in late Wednesday/Thursday, but it looks like just enough to keep small surfable waves at the exposed west facing spots.  Conditions continue to look light and variable through the work week as well.

Small surf expected Friday and Saturday.  New NW energy starts to work its way around Point Conception on Sunday, as troughing starts to bring more of an onshore pattern to the region.

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

Monday the 12th WNW swell builds through the day, possibly reaching knee to chest high+ along the exposed coast late in the day.

Tuesday the 13th Westerly swell holds its peak through the morning, with the exposed coast running knee to chest high

Wednesday the 14th surf begins to ease along westerly exposures, but new swell could be filling in from the WNW.

Thursday the 15th could see a small increase in WNW energy as s.hemi fades.  Wave heights at standouts exposures could be running knee to chest high

Friday the 16th Surf backs off to knee to waist high+ as WNW energy eases.

Saturday the 17th small ankle to waist high surf along the exposed coast.

Sunday the 18th new NW wind swell could start building.  Standouts expected to be running knee to waist high+.

 Tropical Overview

Nothing in the tropics

Long-Range Surf and Swell Forecast

North Pacific Swell Forecast

Long-range models are showing a couple more lows generating fetch out near Japan/Kurile Is./Kamchatka Peninsula later this week and over the weekend.

The blocking high continues to push the storm track north into Alaska. This is keeping the swells from culminating as much energy as they would if the storms were more lateral across the North Pacific. Either way we should see another round of small swell energy arriving from the WNW-NW (290-305) early next week.

The long-range models are a little less predictable at this point, and seem to be on the move at the moment. If the current models stick though, there could be another WNW-NW arrival mid to late next week.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

Minimal swell coming out of the South Pacific at this time.

Next long-range forecast expected for Thursday the 15th.  

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster