Ian Battrick's been holed up in the bare bones of a building somewhere along Scotland's chilled coast this winter. Why? Well, when looking from an upstairs window through the fog, through the rain or through the snow, he can just about see a lip throwing and rifling its way down the nearest stretch of reef. Ian's been reaping the rewards of solitude.

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 1-20-17
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For Friday morning we’ll see that new, powerful NW swell really start to hit stride and along with it some bonus energy to really make things interesting. The additional swell will move down the line from a 290-295 degree angle and the combination of swell should put the top West facing breaks into the OH to DOH zone.

Rain is pretty much a foregone conclusion and strong, gusty winds will blow throughout the day.

*Beware of the Urban Runoff – It is advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following any measurable rain fall. It’s always a roll of the dice, especially after a major downpour. The threat of getting sick is very real, so if you do insist on taking the plunge be sure to use ear plugs and upon exiting the ocean rinse off in hot water, use some alcohol based ear drops and a nasal netti pot rinse for good measure never hurt anybody.

Friday
2017-01-20 Fri 12:36 AM Moonrise
2017-01-20 Fri 03:55 AM 4.45 feet High Tide
2017-01-20 Fri 06:57 AM Sunrise
2017-01-20 Fri 11:13 AM 1.49 feet Low Tide
2017-01-20 Fri 12:03 PM Moonset
2017-01-20 Fri 04:59 PM 2.80 feet High Tide
2017-01-20 Fri 05:13 PM Sunset
2017-01-20 Fri 09:45 PM 2.04 feet Low Tide

The winds look to start off with N/NNE breezes at 6-10 MPH until 10AM and then whip up into the 15-25 MPH range for the rest of the day, (and those continue right into Saturday). There’s a 100% chance of rain and the air temp tops out at 57 degrees.
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For Saturday morning it looks like we will see the biggest swell of the 2017, (so far), with OH to DOH, to even TOH sets at the top West facing breaks. Some wave models have the biggest surf going 20 foot + in the face. There may be some sheltered places to hide from the ferocity of the mixed swell and winds but from what I can tell it will be UGLY out there. Wind, rain, a confused ocean and dangerous conditions.

Hopefully Mother Nature unleashes all her fury, with bone jarring surf, and restores our sandbars to what they were in November. Anyway, if you’re out tackling the jumbo waves be very careful! There are several swells in the water and there will be no rhyme or reason as to when or where the Grim Reaper sets appear out of the shadows! (insert evil laugh sound track).

Saturday
2017-01-21 Sat 01:30 AM Moonrise
2017-01-21 Sat 04:47 AM 4.65 feet High Tide
2017-01-21 Sat 06:57 AM Sunrise
2017-01-21 Sat 12:11 PM 0.98 feet Low Tide
2017-01-21 Sat 12:38 PM Moonset
2017-01-21 Sat 05:14 PM Sunset
2017-01-21 Sat 06:25 PM 2.95 feet High Tide
2017-01-21 Sat 10:49 PM 2.22 feet Low Tide

The conditions look horrific with gusty onshore winds in the 12-25 MPH zone all day long. There’s a 60% chance of rain and the air temp tops out at 59 degrees.
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For Sunday morning that energy will taper off a hair, but the best West facing breaks will continue to produce meaty, OH to DOH + sets through the morning and slowly back down through the day. The sea surface should/could clean up a bit but the urban runoff will remain an issue.

*Beware of the Urban Runoff – It is advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following any measurable rain fall. It’s always a roll of the dice, especially after a major downpour. The threat of getting sick is very real, so if you do insist on taking the plunge be sure to use ear plugs and upon exiting the ocean rinse off in hot water, use some alcohol based ear drops and a nasal netti pot rinse for good measure never hurt anybody.

Sunday
2017-01-22 Sun 02:23 AM Moonrise
2017-01-22 Sun 05:31 AM 4.89 feet High Tide
2017-01-22 Sun 06:56 AM Sunrise
2017-01-22 Sun 12:53 PM 0.50 feet Low Tide
2017-01-22 Sun 01:16 PM Moonset
2017-01-22 Sun 05:15 PM Sunset
2017-01-22 Sun 07:17 PM 3.17 feet High Tide
2017-01-22 Sun 11:42 PM 2.25 feet Low Tide

The conditions could improve through the morning with breezes out of the E/SE in the 4-6 MPH range until noon out of the S/SSE in the 6-9 MPH until sundown. There’s a 100% chance of rain and the air temp tops out at 59 degrees.
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For Monday morning the surf will be up into the OH to DOH + range out of the NW. Check back tomorrow for more details.

Monday
2017-01-23 Mon 03:16 AM Moonrise
2017-01-23 Mon 06:09 AM 5.15 feet High Tide
2017-01-23 Mon 06:56 AM Sunrise
2017-01-23 Mon 01:27 PM 0.09 feet Low Tide
2017-01-23 Mon 01:57 PM Moonset
2017-01-23 Mon 05:16 PM Sunset
2017-01-23 Mon 07:54 PM 3.38 feet High Tide

The conditions look pretty shi##y again with winds out of the West at 11-20 MPH all day long. There’s a 90% chance of rain and the air temp dips to 60 degrees.
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For Tuesday morning the surf will taper off but still fall into that “pumping” category with OH to Well OH sets through the morning and a slow decline in size into the afternoon.

Tuesday
2017-01-24 Tue 12:25 AM 2.20 feet Low Tide
2017-01-24 Tue 04:07 AM Moonrise
2017-01-24 Tue 06:44 AM 5.42 feet High Tide
2017-01-24 Tue 06:55 AM Sunrise
2017-01-24 Tue 01:58 PM -0.26 feet Low Tide
2017-01-24 Tue 02:42 PM Moonset
2017-01-24 Tue 05:16 PM Sunset
2017-01-24 Tue 08:24 PM 3.56 feet High Tide

The conditions stand half a chance at improving with NE/NNE winds at 2-6 MPH until noon and variable 2-5 MPH until sundown. There’s a 10% chance of rain and the air temp dips to 60 degrees.
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Water Temps: are as follows – Malibu 57, Santa Monica 59, Hermosa 60, Huntington 56 and Newport 59 degrees. Click the tides tab on the widget below for updated water temps or if you’re on a mobile device just scroll down!
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I will be back on Sunday with the next update!GO STEELERS!
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