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June 2014 Surfing Highlights From The H.B. Pier
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*Updated surfing forecast for Huntington Beach*
by Adam Wright
Last bits from Marie mix with some new SW swell and a touch more local windswell
Wave heights will continue to back down on Friday as the last of the tropical swell from former Hurricane Marie trails off and leaves us with some smaller pulses of Southern Hemi swell and local WNW-NW windswell. We will still have surfable waves, even clean morning conditions to go with them, however compared to the last couple of days it will feel like the ocean has mellowed considerably.
The tropical swell shifts to a more S-SSW swell direction (180-200) on Friday as it continues to wind down, which reflects how Marie continues to move through the swell window. In the background we will have some new, but shadowed SW swell (210-220) and a slightly bigger lump of WNW-NW windswell (290-300) from stronger winds blowing through the outer waters.
Look for the average SSW-SSE facing breaks with exposure to the leftover (175-200) tropical swell to still see some chest-shoulder high surf for the morning. A few of the better short-period spots (the ones that like the tropical swell) will have some head high sets around sunrise but they will become less consistent as we move through the day. The standout S facing breaks, particularly the good SE-SW combo spots, will have more consistent chest-head high surf through the morning along with a few overhead sets still sneaking through. Again even the top spots will see wave heights drop and become less consistent as we head toward sundown.
Clean conditions and sunny skies will be on tap for Friday morning. Winds will start out light/variable for almost all of our beaches with just a handful of spots seeing some light texture as wind speeds hang around 1-2 mph. Look for those winds to turn more onshore out of the W-WNW around 10-14 mph by the afternoon.
Smaller but still fun-sized surf is forecast to stick around on Friday. We will be seeing the last of the hurricane swell, but since the swell direction is now a bit more S-SSW in its swell angle it means that some of the spots that had been left out by the more SE direction may get a little more size before the swell totally fades out. The other thing to keep in mind is that the swell-periods will drop as the swell fades, so spots that were getting bigger waves from long-period refraction will drop faster than others, however the shorter-periods means that we could see the focus ot the swell shift to other more traditional S facing tropical breaks. All in all we are still looking at plenty of fun/rideable waves on Friday…the drop is size will make it a bit more appealling to most of us mere mortals and the new swell angle will help to open up some of the beaches that had been left out, so it means that we will be able to spread out a bit and maybe find a semi-uncrowed peak here or there. Water temps are all over the place…between the mixing caused by the big swell and upwelling by the more westerly winds some beaches have gotten pretty chilly…make sure to check for updated water temps (and pack your wetsuit) just in cast your beach is suddenly too cold to trunk it anymore.
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