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*Updated surfing forecast for Huntington Beach*
by Adam Wright
S SWELL PEAKS OVER THE WEEKEND WHILE BEACH TEMPS COOL DOWN
New S swell will continue to fill in over Friday night and will peak over the upcoming weekend. We will also see a mix of building background WNW-NW swell along with some cooler beach weather as local weather starts to slip into more of a spring pattern. Expect decent sized surf at the S facing beaches as well as the better combo spots.
Saturday and Sunday will see our new S swell (180-190) start to peak…it will also be mixing with some fading S-SSW energy from earlier in the week and some increasing background WNW-NW energy from both local windswell and storms that were further out into the NPAC a few days ago. Overall it looks like the S facing spots will have the majority of the size…but the combo spots, particularly if they have good south swell exposure, will be similar in size and may even be a touch more consistent.
We will have a pretty decent spread of swell directions hitting the coast over the next couple of days…which will at least give us some options in terms of the size and quality when it comes to picking a beach. The more average exposed breaks will be in the chest-head high range…though the combo spots may see some occasionally bigger sets as the swells blend together. The standout S facing breaks and excellent combo beaches will have surf in the shoulder-overhead range with a few of the top S swell spots seeing waves going a few feet overhead on the biggest sets.
Cooler beach temps on tap over the weekend…we will see the return of overcast morning skies as well as some pockets of fog hanging just over the coast (with some dense fog further out to sea). Despite the slightly cooler beach temps winds look fairly manageable with mostly light/variable conditions showing throughout the mornings and building onshore W-WSW winds around 10-15 knots moving in by the early afternoon.
We will see plenty of surf this weekend thanks to the arrival of our new S swell that will peak over the weekend…not to mention the additional WNW-NW energy that will be gaining some traction during the next couple of days. Basically we can expect some sort of rideable waves at most of the better exposed beaches. The purely WNW-NW facing spots will be softer and smaller since a lot of that energy is shorter-period windswell. The good S facing breaks and well-exposed combo breaks will have more size, more power behind the wave, and even a little more consistency (at least at the combo spots). Looks like the early morning is going to see the cleanest shape for most areas, however the weather is not super stable and we may see some new texture spin up in around mid-morning if the inland areas start to heat up too fast. Happy hunting!
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