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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
New SW swell and more windswell help to keep the surf showing on Tuesday, but keep an eye on the winds and the tides
Tuesday will continue to see a playful mix of overlapping Southern Hemi swells and some background windswell. Overall conditions look to be mostly clean through the morning but there will be a touch more onshore texture creeping into the more wind-sensitive spots. Expect the building tide and increasing onshore winds to hamper shape through the second half of the day.
The swell mix from this weekend will continue to fade out slowly on Tuesday while a new shot of SW swell (200-220) and some more NW windswell (290-300) fill in and try to keep wave heights propped up at the more exposed beaches. The incoming SPAC swell will be a bit on the inconsistent side, however it will be working with the leftover S-SW energy already in the water and the slightly stronger NW windswell, which will help to fill in the gaps between sets at the good combo beaches.
Wave heights dip slightly as we lose a little of leftover S-SSW swell energy…but the new SW’er will help to keep most of the exposed spots from dropping off too fast. Average spots will hang in the knee-waist high range with some chest high sets showing on the lower tides. The standout SSW-SW facing breaks and excellent combo spots will be in the waist-chest high range with some shoulder high+ sets still lurking around in the morning.
Early morning clouds and pockets of patchy coastal fog will be on tap for some areas as we start the day, but they will burn off to sunnier skies and warmer beach temps by midday. We will see a mix of light/variable to light/W-WSW flow for the morning…most areas will see the light AM winds staying below 2-3 knot but a few of the really open beach areas may have some gusts getting close to 3-4-knots at times. The winds will increase out of the W-WSW as we move into the afternoon, eventually reaching the 10-14 knot range.
Tuesday is looking like a decent surf day…it won’t be quite as active as we saw the last couple of days, but new SW swell and increasing local windswell will help to keep things from completely shutting down. It looks like your best bet will be to paddle out at the good SW facing spots or excellent SW/NW combo beaches in the morning when the winds are lightest and the tides are still low. You will want to keep an eye on the tides no matter where you plan on surfing, we get a nearly -0.8’ low tide right before sunrise, which will build to a 5’ high tide around 11am. That big of a tide swing will push a lot of water around and the more tide sensitive spots may only see short surf windows before they get swamped out. I do expect the new SW swell to be a bit on the inconsistent side, so plan on seeing some decent sized gaps between the bigger sets, but fun surf when the waves do show.
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