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March 2014 Surfing Highlights From The H.B. Pier
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*Updated surfing forecast for Huntington Beach*
by Adam Wright
Cleaner conditions start to move in on Saturday while our swell mix sticks around
Conditions clean up while some small, but fun-size, swells push in some rideable surf this weekend. There will still be a little bit of fog and light texture on tap for Saturday morning, but overall it shouldn’t hurt the surf too much.
Our mix of swells will stay pretty steady for the weekend…we have overlapping S-SSW energy (180-210) that will get a little reinforcement over the next couple of days that will help it push playful waves into the summer spots. We will also see some background WNW-NW swell (285-300) that slides in with some mostly short to medium swell-periods (10-13 second stuff)…again this is mostly local windswell but there is a little bit more kick hiding in the blend of swells.
Fun-size waves continue to hold as we move into Saturday. Our average S-SW spots will see knee-waist high waves as well as some inconsistent chest high sets during the morning tide push. The standout S-SSW facing spots and excellent S/NW combo breaks will have waist-shoulder high surf…along with a few rare combo peaks at the top spots.
Patchy fog and some marine layer are expected for Saturday morning. The winds will still have a little leftover eddy circulation sticking around from the work-week…but overall it will be much lighter with cleaner overall conditions expected for the start of the day. Look for early morning winds to be mostly light/variable with a hint of onshore flow for OC, San Diego, and a few of the other wind-sensitive beaches in the other areas…however winds will generally be below 2-3 mph. Look for building W-WSW winds eventually reaching the 10-12 mph range in the afternoon.
While Saturday looks just a little cooler and more textured than Sunday it is only by a slim margin, really both weekend days look pretty surfable. Our blend of swells, relatively light winds, and decent morning tides will all do a good job of squeezing the most out of the incoming energy and will even manage to time things well enough that we will have the best shape/consistency hitting while the conditions are the cleanest. It looks like the morning/mid-morning will end up being the best times to surf. The tide may be a little drained out (since we have a slightly negative low-tide right at 7am-7:30am) but the incoming tide will help to boost the swell just a bit and we should see the shape get more makeable as a little more water makes it onto the beach. Since the size of the swell isn’t all that big we can expect the beach breaks as well as the points and reefs to be about equal in shape…however the better exposed combo spots may be a bit more fun, and at minimum will be a touch more consistent.
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