Friday, November 19, 2010

Where did the forecast go?

Hey guys…I know most of you already know where to find the forecasts now that they are over on…our new, much more powerful site.

But just in case some of you new visitors googled in…I wanted to make sure that you can find all of the new cool stuff. This blog isn’t updating the forecast anymore, all of that has been pushed over to the new site. Here are a few of the links that will hopefully help you find some waves (and hopefully good conditions too.)

For those of you that just wanted the forecast without any of the bells and whistles…The same ol’ Socal Forecast can be found here (this is the normal forecast for all of Southern California and generally gives you all the info you need to find surf for the next day)

Here is the link to my long-range forecasts where you can find all the details you need to plan your surf sessions for the next several days, and some even longer range outlooks that can give you a heads up on incoming swells.

Since the Southern California coastline is all jacked up (uh I mean unique)…we took the forecast and broke it down into a bunch of different “zones” that help to show how much swell, what sort of wind, and how the tides are going to affect the different regions.

Santa Barbara
North LA
the South Bay
North Orange County
South Orange County
North San Diego
South San Diego

If that wasn’t enough we even put together a pretty comprehensive list of the surf breaks and beaches in each region. These aren’t surf reports, but they give very specific weather, wind, tides, water-quality, and a bunch of other cool stuff. When you first drop onto a spot page you will see “Current or Live” information, but if you click around you can find all kinds of cool stuff (like hour-by-hour wind forecasts going out for a full week…just the thing you need to plan a midday session if the winds lay down.) Check em out when you get a chance…

Santa Barbara County Spots
Gaviota State Beach
Arroyo Quemada
Refugio State Beach
El Capitan State Beach
Haskells Beach
Summerland Beach
Goleta Beach
Butterfly Beach
East Beach at Sycamore Creek
Hammonds Beach
Hope Ranch Beach
East Beach at Mission Creek
Sands at Coal Oil Point
Arroyo Burro Beach
Leadbetter Beach
Carpinteria City Beach
Carpinteria State Beach
Rincon Beach

Ventura County Spots
La Conchita Beach
Mussel Shoals Beach
Oil Piers Beach
Hobson County Park
Solimar Beach
Emma Wood State Beach
San Buenaventura Beach
Ventura Harbor South Jetty
Surfers Knoll
McGrath State Beach
Oxnard Beach Park
Hollywood by the Sea
Port Hueneme Beach Park
Point Mugu Beach

North Los Angeles County Spots
County Line Beach
Leo Carrillo Beach
Will Rogers State Beach
Topanga State Beach
Santa Monica Beach
Paradise Cove Pier
Zuma Beach

South Los Angeles County Spots
Venice City Beach
El Porto
Manhattan Beach Pier
Hermosa Redondo Beach
Lunada Bay
Rancho Palos Verdes

North Orange County Spots
Seal Beach
Seal Beach Pier
Surfside Sunset Beach
Bolsa Chica State

Huntington Cliffs
Huntington City Beach
Huntington State Beach
Santa Ana River Mouth
Upper Jetties Newport

Newport Pier Blackies
15th Street Newport Beach
Corona del Mar Beach
Laguna Beach Crescent Bay Beach
Laguna Beach
Aliso Creek Beach South Laguna

South Orange County Spots
Salt Creek Beach
Dana Point Harbor Baby Beach
Doheny Beach
Capistrano Beach
T Street San Clemente
San Clemente State Beach

North San Diego Spots
San Onofre State Beach
Old Mans San Onofre
Trails San Onofre
Oceanside Surfrider Way
Cassidy Street Oceanside
Tamarack Av Carlsbad
Ponto Carlsbad
Beacons Beach Leucadia
Moonlight Beach Encinitas
Swamis Beach Encinitas
Cardiff State Beach San Elijo
Seaside State Park
Del Mar San Dieguito River Beach

South San Diego Spots
Blacks Beach
La Jolla Shores
Windansea Beach
Pacific Beach Tourmaline
Mission Beach
Ocean Beach
Sunset Cliffs
Coronado Beach
Imperial Beach

Monday, March 29, 2010

San Diego Surf Forecast - for Tuesday - 3/30/2010

Make sure to read the full region forecast it has more complete details on the incoming swell and regional conditions. Click here for the full forecast

WNW-NW swell (280-300) mostly holds on Tuesday while new WNW windswell fills in and the small SW swell fades out.

Most spots will start out in the chest-shoulder high range with a few shoulder-head high sets at the standout NW facing breaks of North County.

South County spots will be bigger, averaging more in the shoulder-head high+ range with some overhead sets mixing in.

It looks like most spots will see an increase as the WNW windswell continues to build through the afternoon/evening.

Shapewise the onshore wind is going to be the biggest problem…but the high mid-morning tide isn’t going to do us any favors either. Look for cleanest conditions early in the morning…and then bumpy, choppy, shape from mid-morning on. W winds are supposed to get an early jump on things…starting off around 5- 10 knots for the morning and then quickly building into the 12-15 knot range by the afternoon. Patchy fog and cooler air temps will also be on tap throughout the day.

Here are the tides…

03/30/2010 Tuesday
04:00AM LDT -0.8 L
10:01AM LDT 4.9 H
03:57PM LDT 0.1 L
10:04PM LDT 6.0 H

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Daily forecast update, new WNW-NW swell, weak SW swell, building local windswell, clean morning, bumpy afternoon, San Diego

Make sure to read the full region forecast it has more complete details on the incoming swell and regional conditions. Click here for the full forecast

New WNW-NW swell (285-300) will be arriving on Monday…mixing with a smaller but slowly building SW swell, and some increasing local windswell. Conditions will be clean for the morning but the high-tide swampthing will screw with the surf shape as it peaks around 9-10am.

North County’s average breaks will be in the knee high range with some inconsistent waist-high+ sets sneaking in at the better NW facing spots that light the higher tide. A few of the standouts will have more consistent waist high waves with some inconsistent chest high+ sets. By the afternoon look for the average spots to be more around waist-chest high while the NW standout breaks see some shoulder high+ sets.

Average South County breaks will be fairly playful…most spot will be in the waist-chest high range with some shoulder high+ sets showing at the NW standouts. By the afternoon look for chest-head high surf at the average breaks while the standout NW spots see some shoulder-overhead sets. Shape won’t be great by the afternoon thanks to building winds but there will be some waves out there if you can find a spot with a little bit of wind protection.

Look for light winds…mostly variable below 5 knots for the morning. NW winds do start to fill in fairly early…picking up around lunchtime and we can expect them to top out around 13-15+ knots by the afternoon. Chance for some fog through the morning as well.

Here are the tides…

03/29/2010 Monday
03:15AM LDT -0.5 L
09:14AM LDT 5.2 H
03:23PM LDT -0.3 L
09:30PM LDT 5.9 H

Friday, March 26, 2010

San Diego Surf Forecast - Weekend Waves - 3/27-3/28/2010

Make sure to read the full region forecast it has more complete details on the incoming swell and regional conditions. Click here for the full forecast

WNW-NW swell (280-300) will peak over Friday night and will hold into early Saturday…the swell starts losing energy by the afternoon and will drop even more as we head into Sunday. SW swell (195-215) will be fading steadily through the weekend so expect less surf at the summer breaks. Conditions look great for the weekend…but the tides are a bit fat in the mornings…so you might have to stick to spots that can handle a lot of extra-water.

North County will be in the knee-waist high range on Saturday with some inconsistent chest-high+ sets showing at the standout combo spots. This is going to drop more on Sunday with the average spots fading down to mostly knee high leftovers while the standouts see some inconsistent waist high sets.

South County will do a lot better on the WNW-NW swell…most of the energy is 290-300 which the region can pull in pretty well. On Saturday look for the average spots to see chest-shoulder high surf while the standout breaks see some inconsistent head high sets. By Sunday the WNW’er will have dropped off a lot…look for most average breaks to back down to knee-waist high+ on the sets while the standouts see mostly chest high surf with a few inconsistent chest-shoulder high sets.

Nice beach weather this weekend…winds will be light and variable to light offshore for the morning on both Saturday and Sunday…the winds will stay light through the afternoons as well…just going variable onshore but staying around 10-12 knots for most areas.

Here are the tides…

03/27/2010 Saturday
01:42AM LDT 0.7 L
07:38AM LDT 5.4 H
02:14PM LDT -0.7 L
08:25PM LDT 5.1 H

03/28/2010 Sunday
02:30AM LDT 0.0 L
08:27AM LDT 5.4 H
02:49PM LDT -0.6 L
08:57PM LDT 5.5 H

Thursday, March 25, 2010

San Diego Surf Forecast - for Friday - 3/26/2010

Make sure to read the full region forecast it has more complete details on the incoming swell and regional conditions. Click here for the full forecast

Look for NW swell (290-300), local windswell, and a slowly fading SW swell (195-215) to be on tap through the morning. Then a new WNW-NW swell (280-300) and more WNW-NW windswell start to arrive through mid-morning continue to fill in through the rest of the day.

North County will be a bit shadowed from the WNW-NW energy…but there will be enough juice slipping through the islands as well as the SW leftovers still showing at the summer/combo breaks to keep some playful waves breaking. Look for most spots to hold in the waist-chest high range with some shoulder high+ sets sneaking into the best exposed spots as the new swell mix fills in (and the tide drops) later in the day.

South County is a lot more exposed to the mix of swells so we can expect pretty consistent surf in the chest-head high range at the average spots through the morning and a few bigger sets showing as the tide drops through mid-morning. Look for the top NW spots to pull in some shoulder-overhead surf as the new WNW-NW swell fills in…likely getting into the overhead+ range by the afternoon tide push.

Winds look ok for the morning…light and variable for most areas…even a little light offshore in a few pockets. The wind shifts around to the WNW-NW around 12-15 knots by the afternoon.

Here are the tides…

03/26/2010 Friday
12:51AM LDT 1.5 L
06:44AM LDT 5.2 H
01:37PM LDT -0.7 L
07:54PM LDT 4.5 H

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

San Diego Surf Forecast - for Thursday - 3/25/2010

Make sure to read the full region forecast it has more complete details on the incoming swell and regional conditions. Click here for the full forecast

The SW swell (195-215) slowly fades on Thursday while a new mix of NW swell (290-300) and NW windswell build in throughout the day. Unfortunately it looks like onshore winds will start up pretty early…so expect some bumpy shape for the morning and some chopped up conditions by the afternoon.

Most of North County and the average South County breaks will be in the waist-chest high range…with a few inconsistent shoulder high sets sneaking into the better combo breaks. The standout South County spots will be in the shoulder-head high range with some overhead waves. Expect the bigger South County sets to be inconsistent through the morning but becoming more and more frequent by the afternoon.

W winds are expected to pick up early…likely coming onshore around 5-8 knots for the morning but building steadily into the 15-20 knot range by the afternoon.

Here are the tides…

03/25/2010 Thursday
05:42AM LDT 4.9 H
12:57PM LDT -0.6 L
07:25PM LDT 4.0 H

Friday, March 19, 2010

San Diego Surf Forecast - Weekend Waves - 3/20-3/21/2010

Make sure to read the full region forecast it has more complete details on the incoming swell and regional conditions. Click here for the full forecast

Our blend of WNW-NW swell will back down slowly on Saturday…leaving the sets a bit inconsistent and the surf a little gutless as both the size and swell-periods decrease. S-SW swell (180-200) will continue to hold, showing mostly in North County, but ninja-ing into a few of the South County summer spots as well.

On Saturday most spots will average around waist-chest high on the sets…with some inconsistent bigger waves showing at the really good combo spots. The standout breaks will be more in the waist-shoulder high range with some occasional bigger waves pushing in on the lower tides.

Sunday we will have some more WNW-NW swell (285-300) mixing in with the fading energy from Saturday and the backing off S-SW swell. Size will be pretty much the same as Saturday but there will be a bit more punch to the swell…and the bigger sets should be a bit more consistent by Sunday afternoon as the WNW-NW’er fills in a bit more. Combo spots will continue to be the biggest/most-consistent.

Both days look pretty clean during the mornings. Expect light and variable winds for most spots and a few areas with some very light offshore flow. It looks like we will be fighting a bit of a marine layer…maybe even some patchy fog…so don’t be surprised if visibility isn’t always that good. The winds should stay on the light side through the afternoons on both Saturday and Sunday…but expect the sea-breeze to develop enough to driving some variable 10-12 knot onshore flow into the more exposed spots.

Here are the tides…

03/20/2010 Saturday
06:49AM LDT 0.4 L
12:51PM LDT 2.9 H
05:28PM LDT 1.7 L

03/21/2010 Sunday
12:12AM LDT 4.9 H
08:00AM LDT 0.5 L
02:27PM LDT 2.5 H
05:46PM LDT 2.1 L