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March 2014 Surfing Highlights From The H.B. Pier
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*Updated surfing forecast for Huntington Beach*
by Adam Wright
New swells start to fill in on Friday but weather takes a turn for the weird
Friday starts off smaller, with some building wind texture creeping into many areas. We will still have some rideable waves at the more protected breaks in the morning but, depending on the location of the approaching weather, our surf won’t be nearly as good as the beginning of the week.
Swellwise Friday morning will have a blend of slowly fading S-SSW energy and secondary WNW-NW energy. New long-period S swell (180-190) and long-period NW energy (295-300) will both start to slowly fill in later in the day adding some inconsistent but occasionally bigger sets to best exposed combo breaks.
Look for the morning to see mostly the same size as we had Thursday afternoon…a touch smaller, a touch less consistent, but still rideable if your break has good exposure. Average spots will stay in the knee-waist high range with some chest high sets. The standout S facing beaches, the great NW windswell spots, as well as the excellent combo breaks will all be more consistently in the waist-shoulder high range. The new long-period energy, and quickly building local windswell will add both size and consistency throughout the region as we head into the afternoon but winds and weather will trash it for most areas before we get a chance to ride much (any) of it.
Increasing eddy circulation will start to spin up on Friday…sort of a pre-game warm-up to the approaching cold front. We can expect areas of patchy fog and increasingly cloudy skies as we move through the day. All areas will see some light/variable to light/southerly winds…with cleaner conditions showing in the morning around Santa Barbara, Ventura, and LA counties. San Diego and Orange County both have stronger S winds (thanks to the eddy), which will hamper surf shape at many beaches. Look for morning winds to generally stay below 5-knots near sunrise, however they are forecast to turn onshore out of the S-SSW around 10-15 knots by midday and possibly even increase more as we head into the evening.
Right now it looks like we are going to see a little bit of a surf window for Friday morning…how good things actually are and how long they will stay that way will depend a lot on the speed and intensity of the approaching cold front. I would recommend surfing early, after spending a little quality time checking both the cameras and the live wind observations…winds and weather will begin to fall apart as we move through mid-morning and into the afternoon. Your best bet will be to stick to spots that have some quality wind protection but can still manage to pull in a few waves from the leftover combo energy we will see at the start of the day. Really exposed breaks, or wind-prone spots, will likely see some issues with wave quality as the new weather begins to affect our region. Look for bigger waves by the end of the day…however it doesn’t look like there will be many spots worth paddling out at as the winds shift to the SW.
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