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February 2014 Surfing Highlights From The H.B. Pier
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*Updated surfing forecast for Huntington Beach*
by Adam Wright
SANTA ANA WINDS IN MARCH? OK…UH…THANKS CLIMATE CHANGE.
WNW-NW swell will be on the way down on Wednesday, but there will continue to be enough energy hanging around that the well-exposed spots will continue to see playful waves while moderate/strong offshore Santa Ana winds help to keep conditions clean for the first half of the day.
The current WNW-NW swell (285-300) will be losing energy tonight and will continue to slowly drop as we move through the day on Wednesday. The smaller SSW-SW background energy and weak local windswell will continue to push in some minor ripples but once again the WNW-NW energy is going to be doing most of the work.
A little soft and slow during the early morning as a nearly 5’ high tide peaks around 6:45-7:00am. Fortunately the tide will drain out pretty fast (heading to a negative low tide around lunch), which means the tides will sort of hit the sweet-spot around mid-morning. As the tides level off we can expect the average WNW-NW facing spots to pull in some waist-chest high waves along with some inconsistent chest high+ sets. The standout NW facing breaks will have waist-shoulder high waves with the potential for a rare shoulder-head high peak still lurking around the very best spots.
Santa Ana winds are forecast to develop tonight…setting up dry and sunny conditions along most of Socal’s coast. The morning will still be on the cool side, particularly if the winds start off on the breezy side…however look for beach temps to warm up as the drier desert air eventually makes it down to the coast. Expect a blend of NE-ENE winds around 5-15 knots for the morning…with some lighter pockets around Northern/Southern San Diego. The real windy beaches in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and LA Counties will have 10-20 knot winds with the potential for stronger gusts at times through mid-morning. Winds will start to flag a bit late in the afternoon as the sea-breeze tries to shift it around…but it looks like mostly lighter/variable winds around 5-10 knots will settle in around that time.
Wednesday will lose some surf size but the cleaner conditions set up by the Santa Ana winds will help to groom up the leftovers into something that is still relatively playful. Look for slower shape through the early morning high tide…however the tide does drain away fairly quickly and it seems to match up with the stronger NE winds…so we can expect faster, more hollow shape to develop as we move through mid-morning. Shapewise we can expect the points and reefs to continue to see the best looking waves…they won’t be as powerful or as big as they were the last couple of days, but since the swell doesn’t have much to break it up those fixed line-up spots will offer up more makeable shoulders. The beach breaks will see some improvement overall as well…the smaller swell, while still not ideal, won’t be quite as sectiony as it has been and the stronger offshore winds will likely help add a few more rideable corners.
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