WNW-NW and smaller SW swell mix continues on Saturday…keep an eye out for the morning high tide

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Adam Wright
(Friday) 10.17.14

Forecast Overview

Fun mix of overlapping North Pacific swells will keep rideable surf showing at the exposed spots. Look for Saturday to stay workable through the morning, though the high tide will work over the sensitive spots for the first couple of hours before it can drop to a lower level.

The Swell

Blend of WNW-NW swells (285-300) and some smaller, less consistent SW swell (200-220) will hold as we move into Saturday. Look for playful waves at most beaches with some WNW-NW exposure or at ones that can at least pull in more of the combo energy.

The Surf

Our surf will mostly hold on to its size overnight into Saturday morning. The main difference will be the shorter swell periods that we see from the WNW energy as it starts to weaken slightly and the higher morning tide that will swamp shape out at the more sensitive spots. Sizewise most of the average breaks will have waist-chest high surf with some fun shoulder high sets mixing in on the lower tides. The standout NW facing beaches and excellent combo spots will be around waist-shoulder high with some head high sets showing on and off throughout the first part of the day.

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

The Weather

Partly cloudy skies, patchy fog, and some relatively thick marine layer will be on tap for the next couple of mornings. We will see mostly sunny skies move in by midday as we head into the afternoon. Winds will be on the modest side with light/variable flow and speeds around 0-2 knots for the morning. The winds will build out of the W-WNW around 10-15 knots later in the afternoon.

The Skinny

The weekend’s surf looks pretty playful for breaks that have good exposure to the WNW-NW swells…the combo spots will be playful too, but if they have too much WNW-NW shadowing then they will be smaller and less consistent compared to the directly exposed breaks. Winds look manageable for the morning with relatively light flow for most of the region along with a few pockets of light offshore texture at the really lucky beaches. Saturday’s swell will see a little softer in the morning…the NPAC swell will see shorter swell periods, which means a little less energy, and we will be pushing through a bigger 4.5’+ morning high tide that will swamp out many of the more sensitive spots. I would still recommend surfing in the morning since the conditions will be the best during the first few hours after sunrise, but you will need to hunt down tide resistant breaks or spots that have enough wind protection that you can wait for the tide to drop to a more manageable level.

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