Small but fun combo swell holds through Tuesday but winds get squirrelly in a few areas

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Adam Wright
(Monday) 4.13.15

Forecast Overview

Look for a few fun waves early Tuesday morning but watch out for building onshore winds moving into the region as a new trough of low-pressure approaches the West Coast.

The Swell

Tuesday’s swell will be a mix of overlapping S-SSW energy (180-210) that will continue to push in some fun size waves to the well exposed spots. We will see increasing WNW-NW windswell (285-300) start to arrive around mid-morning and then continue to build through the afternoon.

The Surf

Most spots will continue to hang in the knee-chest high range on Tuesday…though a few of the better than average combo spots will pull in some inconsistent shoulder high sets as the Southern Hemi swells pulse through. The standout combo breaks and excellent S-SW facing beaches will have more consistent waist-shoulder high surf with a few rare bigger sets lurking around on the lower tides. The increasing windswell will add some size later in the day but much of it will likely be torn up by the stronger onshore winds.

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

The Weather

Mostly cloudy skies will be on tap for Tuesday morning but we will see some eventual clearing along the coast as we move through midday and into the afternoon. Winds will be a mix of light/variable to light NE for much of the region early in the morning…with stronger N-NNE flow showing through Ventura, Santa Barbara, and parts of North LA. Orange County and San Diego will have a little bit of eddy circulation that will keep winds a bit lighter early on, but then swing them up from the SW as we move into midday. All areas can expect stronger WSW-WNW winds in the 10-15 mph range for the late afternoon.

The Skinny

There will be a few fun waves showing Tuesday morning, but with a new low-pressure approaching the coast we can expect conditions to be a bit unstable. Your best bet will be to try and paddle out early…the tides won’t be great, but the winds will still be manageable for most breaks and if you have a decent high tide break you will be able to find a few workable ones. Unfortunately it is hard to gauge how quickly the winds will turn onshore and which areas will get hit the hardest. If you can’t get out for the dawn patrol you might want to give the cams and wind stations a check, we might get lucky and dodge the ‘wind bullet’ long enough to get a mid-morning session in before things really fall apart.

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