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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
New S-SSW swell mix slowly starts to combo up with the local windswell
Look for wave heights to increase and our overall surf conditions to improve as we move into Friday. We will see a combination of local windswell, building Southern Hemi swells, and light morning winds helping to improve shape, size and consistency as we start the day. It will get a little breezier in the afternoon but we can expect a little more size arriving despite the chunkier late-day onshore winds.
A blended mix of SSE-SSW swell (175-210) will be on the rise through the day on Friday, showing the biggest sizes later in the afternoon. At the same time we will continue to see some playful (and slightly more organized) WNW-NW windswell (285-300) that will send in a few waves to the better NW facing beaches but will be a better background combo swell for the really exposed breaks.
Look for an overall increase in surf on Friday…again it won’t be huge, but most of the exposed beaches will feel more energetic compared to the last few days. Look for the average NW facing windswell beaches, the ok S-SSW spots, and the better-than-average combo breaks to have surf in the knee-waist high range. The standout spots, mostly the really good combo beach breaks, will see more consistent waist-chest high surf with some shoulder high sets starting to show occasionally through the morning and then become more common on the lower tides later in the day.
Cloudy skies and pockets of lingering fog will drift through the region early in the morning, but the reduced visibility is worth starting off with light/variable winds. We can expect mostly clean conditions throughout the region with variable winds in the 1-2 knot range. The onshore winds will slowly build up over the more exposed spots as we move through mid-morning and we can expect them to continue to strengthen as we move into the early afternoon. Look for W winds in the 10-14 knot range once the onshore sea-breeze finally tops out later in the day.
Friday will see some decent surf…nothing huge, but enough new energy from the Southern Hemi combo-ing up with the steady WNW-NW windswell to push some playful lines into the average beaches and a few more workable peaks at the standout breaks. Looks like your best bet will be to try and hit it up earlier in the morning…the lower tides and lighter winds will offer up some better shape and the incoming tide push will add in a little extra kick. Unless your beach is completely blocked out/shadowed from all of the swell activity you will see at least some sort of rideable surf…however it will be the really open combo spots that see the bigger more consistent sizes.
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