Fun surf continues on Saturday but starts to fall apart on Sunday

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Adam Wright
(Friday) 4.3.15

Forecast Overview

We will have a bit of a mixed bag surfwise this weekend. Saturday will be a decent day with light offshore winds and a playful sized combo swell mix driving in our surf. Sunday will see a new trough of low-pressure move over the Central/Northern Cal Coast, which will drive some stronger onshore winds, increasing cloudy conditions, and cool down the beach air temps. There may still be some waves to ride on Sunday but they will be harder to find.

The Swell

Saturday and Sunday will see a blend of S-SSW swells (180-210) mixing with a couple of short-period WNW-NW pulses (285-300). Look for the S-SSW swell to hold fairly steady through the weekend, however the NW windswell will increase on Sunday as the winds along the Central Coast and Socal’s outer waters strengthen.

The Surf

Despite the conditions we won’t see that much change in our surf heights over the next few days. Average spots, both WNW and S facing, will have surf in the knee-chest high range with some chest high+ sets showing at the better windswell breaks on Sunday. The standout S and WNW-NW facing beaches but mostly the top combo spots will have more consistent surf in the waist-chest high range with a few shoulder high+ sets lurking around as the energy picks up again on Sunday.

Get more details on how this swell will affect your favorite spots in the Surf Region Forecasts:

The Weather

Saturday will be a touch cooler than the last couple of days but conditions still look pretty decent. We will have mostly sunny skies and light offshore winds blowing from the N-NE around 2-5 knots for most areas. By Sunday we will see increasing cloud cover, some pockets of dense fog, and building onshore wind. Look for NW-NNW winds in the 5-10 knot range blowing through Santa Barbara, Ventura, and North LA. The South Bay, Orange County, and San Diego will see winds swinging up from the S-SW around 5-8 knots, which will add quite a bit of texture to the S facing beaches in those areas.

The Skinny

Looks like Saturday is going to be the better surf day this weekend…the mix of playful waves, improving tides, and light offshore winds will keep things rideable and fun. Sunday will have some rideable pockets as well…however the increasing winds, cooler temps, and potential funky weather will all create different obstacles to overcome. If you are looking for waves on Sunday you will want to check the winds in your local region and then pick the most protected spot that (hopefully) has some decent exposure to the swell mix. Overall surf sizes won’t be all that big this weekend, however you will want to keep an eye on the best windswell combo spots…if you catch one of them at the right time of day you may see a few inconsistent bigger sets. Have a great weekend, a Happy Easter, and a nice spring break!

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