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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
Offshore winds, overlapping WNW-NW swells, and another fat mid-morning tide
Offshore winds and overlapping WNW-NW swells will keep things playful and clean on Tuesday. We will have to suffer through another big morning tide but the peak of the high is pushing back toward mid-morning, which will start to leave a little more of a window during the morning. Good news is that the winds are looking to settle back into more of a Santa Ana pattern, which should let us ride out the tide a bit better than our more normal winds.
Tuesday will see a blend of WNW-NW swell (280-300) and some background S-SW energy (180-220). None of these swells look particularly strong but they do push in enough swell to keep the better exposed spots in the playful range and will even show some rideable surf at the more average spots once the tides get a bit more balanced out.
Average WNW facing spots will be in the knee-chest high range on Tuesday, with smaller/slower waves trying to skate through during the higher tides. The standout WNW-NW facing spots, but particularly the more NW exposed and top WNW-NW/SW combo spots, will have surf in the waist-chest high range with a few shoulder high sets mixing it up on the lower tides.
Clear skies and cool early morning temps will start things off…however we can expect air temps to warm up as we head toward midday. Look for E-NE winds for pretty much all of our areas on Tuesday…winds will average around 5-8 knots for most beaches, but we can still expect a few pockets of stronger winds blowing down the normally windy passes and canyons. Look for winds to weaken as we move into the afternoon, eventually dying all the way down or shifting onshore to blow out of the W around the 10 knot range. There will be a chance for a few areas to see relatively clean or at least cleaner conditions near sundown.
Tuesday will be a fun mostly surfable day…it will still have a big 6-foot high tide peaking around 10am, which will slow and even shut down a few of the more exposed areas, but once we get around that tide bulge the offshore winds and playful surf sizes will keep most exposed spots working well enough for a paddle out. Looks like the WNW facing spots will be your best call in terms of size and shape…however I would recommend either hitting it really early to keep from being buried by the tide or at least waiting till the tide has started to drop, though the second option does leave you a little more exposed to the wind. Again the good news is that the overarching Santa Ana pattern will help to keep the midday and afternoon winds on the mild side, or even turning them back offshore, so you should be able to find a workable time slot for most of the less tide sensitive beaches.
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