Today’s Slideshow is courtesy of Jason Goodwin – The South Bay 2-25-13
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 2-26-13
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Here’s a pretty bad ass video of some heaving South Bay barrels in the month of February! – Check out the video courtesy of Civic Couch!
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Tick tock, tick tock… our Winter swell season is winding down quickly as we burn through the last few days of February. It seems like Mother Nature has been trying to make up for an agonizingly poor Winter by dishing up some good waves this month. Nice try Ma, but you know you f#$ked us pretty bad this year. Lets hope that the early arrival of South swells this week is indicative of a long, strong Spring and Summer! No time off for you this year!
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By Wednesday morning we should have some surf as a stronger, long interval swell hits stride for the morning session. We’ll see a combo of steeply angled, 305-310 degree with 16-18 second intervals and med interval NW wind swell. The top West facing breaks should see chest high sets with a few larger sneakers.

We’ll also see our first blip of SW energy enter stage left. This will start off with waist high plus sets, from a 190-200 degree angle, and get a bit more size for Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday
2013-02-27 Wed 03:50 AM 0.54 feet Low Tide
2013-02-27 Wed 06:24 AM Sunrise
2013-02-27 Wed 07:10 AM Moonset
2013-02-27 Wed 09:51 AM 5.01 feet High Tide
2013-02-27 Wed 04:04 PM 0.09 feet Low Tide
2013-02-27 Wed 05:48 PM Sunset
2013-02-27 Wed 08:05 PM Moonrise
2013-02-27 Wed 10:22 PM 5.06 feet High Tide

The conditions look good early as a high pressure system moves in and sets up camp for the next few days. We’ll see NE/NNE winds in the 5-9 MPH zone until 1PM, (stronger below passes and canyons), and mild West winds in the afternoon. We’ll see nice warm up with an air temp of 71 degrees.
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For Thursday morning it looks like we will see that NW energy taper off into the waist high zone for the better West facing beaches. The SW swell I mentioned above should dish up waist to chest high sets for the better South facing spots.

Thursday
2013-02-28 Thu 04:34 AM 0.46 feet Low Tide
2013-02-28 Thu 06:23 AM Sunrise
2013-02-28 Thu 07:46 AM Moonset
2013-02-28 Thu 10:33 AM 4.54 feet High Tide
2013-02-28 Thu 04:33 PM 0.49 feet Low Tide
2013-02-28 Thu 05:49 PM Sunset
2013-02-28 Thu 09:09 PM Moonrise
2013-02-28 Thu 10:55 PM 5.15 feet High Tide

The conditions look good for the morning with winds out of the NE/NNE at 1-6 MPH range until 1PM, (stronger below passes and canyons), and Westerly winds, at 3-8 MPH, until sundown. We’ll see a toasty air temp of 74 degrees.
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Friday morning the surf out of the SW will continue to deliver waist to chest high sets from the 190-200 degree angle. The West facing spots will dip into the waist high zone with a few larger waves on occasion.

Friday
2013-03-01 Fri 05:24 AM 0.47 feet Low Tide
2013-03-01 Fri 06:22 AM Sunrise
2013-03-01 Fri 08:25 AM Moonset
2013-03-01 Fri 11:22 AM 3.96 feet High Tide
2013-03-01 Fri 05:05 PM 0.95 feet Low Tide
2013-03-01 Fri 05:50 PM Sunset
2013-03-01 Fri 10:13 PM Moonrise
2013-03-01 Fri 11:35 PM 5.15 feet High Tide

The conditions look excellent with all day offshore winds in the 4-12 MPH zone, (stronger below passes and canyons). This will be the warmest day of the bunch with an air temp of 78 degrees on the sand.
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On Saturday morning the SW swell will cough up one more decent day of waves, with less consistent sets in the waist to chest high range. We should also see some fresh, NW energy fill in through the day and be good for chest to shoulder high sets later in the day.

Saturday
2013-03-02 Sat 06:21 AM Sunrise
2013-03-02 Sat 06:26 AM 0.55 feet Low Tide
2013-03-02 Sat 09:08 AM Moonset
2013-03-02 Sat 12:24 PM 3.35 feet High Tide
2013-03-02 Sat 05:42 PM 1.45 feet Low Tide
2013-03-02 Sat 05:51 PM Sunset
2013-03-02 Sat 11:18 PM Moonrise

The conditions look fair early with 6-12 MPH winds out of the NE/NNE until noon and West winds will get up to 8-12 MPH in the afternoon. It should be another decent day with an air temp of 76 degrees.
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For Sunday morning the SW energy will bow out in favor of the new, NW swell. This one should be good for chest to head high sets at the top deep water breaks.

Sunday
2013-03-03 Sun 12:25 AM 5.07 feet High Tide
2013-03-03 Sun 06:19 AM Sunrise
2013-03-03 Sun 07:45 AM 0.59 feet Low Tide
2013-03-03 Sun 09:57 AM Moonset
2013-03-03 Sun 01:56 PM 2.88 feet High Tide
2013-03-03 Sun 05:52 PM Sunset
2013-03-03 Sun 06:31 PM 1.94 feet Low Tide

The conditions will deteriorate as high pressure gets the boot. We’re anticipating variable 1-4 MPH winds until 11AM and west winds will get up to 8-10 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp will dip to 68 degrees.
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The current water temps are as follows – Newport 54 degrees, Huntington 56 degrees, the South Bay showed as 57 degrees, Santa Monica 57 degrees and Malibu 52 degrees.
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I’ll be back on Wednesday with the next update.
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