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*Updated surfing forecast for Huntington Beach*
by Adam Wright
WNW-NW swell fades slightly but looks like fun surf will still show at the standouts
Not much change in our surf on Wednesday. The mix of overlapping WNW swells will continue with the main swell backing down and some reinforcements moving in to help prop up the remnants. Our weather will also warm up a bit more along with a mix of mostly offshore flow setting up for the morning.
Wednesday will have a few pulses of WNW-NW energy (280-300)…the main swell, which peaked early on Tuesday, will be slowly fading, but as it drops a mix of both WNW and NW windswells (285-300) will move in to help replace the energy we are losing. At the same time there will be some slightly stronger S-SSW swell in the water (180-210)…it won’t be a huge wave maker but it will have picked up a little more size compared to the last couple of days and will help to offer up a few more combo shaped peaks at the standout exposed spots.
The surf dips down slightly on Wednesday…the average spots will hang in the knee-chest high range with some shoulder high sets slinking around during the lower tides. The standout WNW-NW facing breaks and excellent combo spots will have more consistent waist-shoulder high surf with a few shoulder-head high sets still showing during the morning.
Sunny skies and cool morning temps will be on tap for Wednesday. The clear skies and relatively light mid-morning winds will help to warm up beach temps a few more degrees as well. Look for a mix of N winds around 5-8 knots blowing through Santa Barbara, Ventura, and LA Counties. OC and San Diego will see winds hook around a slight eddy low in the basin that will bring their winds in from the ESE-E around 2-5 knots. All areas will have increasing onshore flow from the W around 10-15 knots as we move through the afternoon.
Wednesday will have a better mix of conditions…and what looks like a longer surf window for many of our beaches. Overall the surf will be playful, not particularly big or critical, but with enough energy still swirling around that the better exposed spots will be fun. I would continue to concentrate on the good WNW-NW facing beaches, they will have the most size and consistency, however the decent combo beach breaks will be a solid fallback plan, particularly if you can time the tides and the winds just right.
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