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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
Small but playful blend of combo energy shows on Tuesday
Tuesday will see some small but playful surf along with fairly clean morning conditions. Unfortunately there isn’t all that much swell in the water…so while we will see a blend of tropical swell from TS Rachel, some local windswell and background Southern Hemi swells…it won’t be all that big, which will make it more sensitive to both the tides and our coastal winds. Expect a few fun pockets in the morning but plan on the tide swamping things out as we move toward the middle of the day.
Swellwise we will see a mix of tropical S swell (170-180) from TS Rachel, some local WNW-NW windswell energy moving in from our outer waters and some background, but slowly increasing long-period South Pacific SSW-SW swell (210-220). This may sound like a lot of swell but overall each of the swells will be on the small side and only a handful of breaks will be able to blend them together just right.
Most breaks with some exposure to the mix of swells will hang in the knee-waist high range. The better combo breaks will have some inconsistent chest high sets. The standout combo spots and excellent S-SW facing beaches will have some waist-chest high surf with a few rare shoulder high sets.
Look for mostly sunny skies in the morning with a few areas of patchy fog that will skirt around some of our coastal areas. Winds will be light/variable to light/onshore with speeds hanging in the 1-2 knot range as well as some stronger 3+ knot gusts at the more exposed areas. All regions will see increasing WSW-W-WNW winds in the 10-14 knot range by the afternoon.
Tuesday won’t be the most exciting surf day but there will be enough swell in the water that the better exposed spots (particuarly the ones that can handle the higher tides) will have a few playful peaks. Your best bet will be to stick to the combo beaches and surf breaks that can do a decent job pulling in all of the S, SSW-SW, and WNW-NW swells…of course you will want the break to work on the higher tides too…so your options may be a bit limited. Most of us will have to come up with some sort of compromise, giving up some size or shape in order to push through the tides (for example)…however if you surf in the morning you will have a better chance at catching a better part of the tide swing and cleaner conditiosn, both of which will help keep things a bit more rideable than it would be at other areas.
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