This slideshow is courtesy of World Famous Photographer Ruben Pena – The South Bay December 2015.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 12-20-15
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For Monday morning we’ll see that steeply angled NW swell dish up inconsistent waist to maybe chest high sets for the most exposed West facing breaks.
* A huge high tide on Mon 05:36 AM 6.03 feet will undoubtedly slow things down, but it will recede rapidly through the morning.
2015-12-21 Mon 02:43 AM Moonset
2015-12-21 Mon 05:36 AM 6.03 feet High Tide
2015-12-21 Mon 06:55 AM Sunrise
2015-12-21 Mon 12:39 PM -0.08 feet Low Tide
2015-12-21 Mon 02:07 PM Moonrise
2015-12-21 Mon 04:48 PM Sunset
2015-12-21 Mon 06:48 PM 3.81 feet High Tide
2015-12-21 Mon 11:53 PM 1.46 feet Low Tide
The conditions looks fair + with variable breezes out of the East in the 2-5 MPH zone until noon and tame 5-7 MPH winds out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 62 degrees and there’s a 10% chance of rain.
For Tuesday morning it will be a bit smaller as that steep NW continues to die. The top spots will see sporadic waist high sets.
* Another brutal high tide at 06:20 AM 6.41 feet will suffocate any swell trying to enter the mix, but once again, it will drain out quickly through the morning.
2015-12-22 Tue 03:49 AM Moonset
2015-12-22 Tue 06:20 AM 6.41 feet High Tide
2015-12-22 Tue 06:55 AM Sunrise
2015-12-22 Tue 01:27 PM -0.68 feet Low Tide
2015-12-22 Tue 02:53 PM Moonrise
2015-12-22 Tue 04:49 PM Sunset
2015-12-22 Tue 07:44 PM 3.98 feet High Tide
The conditions look poor with onshore winds in the 5-20 MPH range all day long. The air temp jumps up to 65 degrees and there’s a 20% chance of rain.
For Wednesday morning we’ll see some fresh N/NW energy sidle in from a steep angle of 310-315 degrees. This will miss all but the most exposed West facing beaches. Those spots fortunate enough to pick it up will see inconsistent head high to OH sets.
Think above Point Conception or down in the San Diego/Baja Norte area for more of a direct hit. Even then the conditions look suspect!
Astronomical high tides continue – 07:03 AM 6.67 feet High Tide
2015-12-23 Wed 12:42 AM 1.55 feet Low Tide
2015-12-23 Wed 04:53 AM Moonset
2015-12-23 Wed 06:56 AM Sunrise
2015-12-23 Wed 07:03 AM 6.67 feet High Tide
2015-12-23 Wed 02:11 PM -1.08 feet Low Tide
2015-12-23 Wed 03:44 PM Moonrise
2015-12-23 Wed 04:49 PM Sunset
2015-12-23 Wed 08:33 PM 4.12 feet High Tide
The conditions look terrible again with 8-13 MPH winds out of the West all day long. The air temp tops out at 66 degrees.
For Thursday morning we’ll see that same steeply angled NW swell produce head high to OH sets for the standout N/NW facing breaks. All other spots will be lucky to even get a whiff of this energy.
* Ouch! 07:45 AM 6.77 feet High Tide
2015-12-24 Thu 01:28 AM 1.63 feet Low Tide
2015-12-24 Thu 05:55 AM Moonset
2015-12-24 Thu 06:56 AM Sunrise
2015-12-24 Thu 07:45 AM 6.77 feet High Tide
2015-12-24 Thu 02:53 PM -1.27 feet Low Tide
2015-12-24 Thu 04:38 PM Moonrise
2015-12-24 Thu 04:50 PM Sunset
2015-12-24 Thu 09:19 PM 4.19 feet High Tide
The conditions look iffy at best with light onshore winds early and stronger Westerly winds whip up to 13-20 MPH around 9AM. The air temp dips to 62 degrees.
For Christmas morning we’ll see that same steeply angled NW swell start fade but still dish up chest to shoulder high sets and fade further into the afternoon.
* Can you say jumbo tide? 08:26 AM 6.70 feet High Tide
2015-12-25 Fri 02:13 AM 1.71 feet Low Tide
2015-12-25 Fri 03:11 AM Full Moon
2015-12-25 Fri 06:52 AM Moonset
2015-12-25 Fri 06:57 AM Sunrise
2015-12-25 Fri 08:26 AM 6.70 feet High Tide
2015-12-25 Fri 03:34 PM -1.26 feet Low Tide
2015-12-25 Fri 04:50 PM Sunset
2015-12-25 Fri 05:35 PM Moonrise
2015-12-25 Fri 10:02 PM 4.21 feet High Tide
The conditions look piss poor as apparently Santa needs an onshore wind to expedite the gift giving. The wind models today are calling for 8-17 MPH onshore winds all day long, The air temp tops out at 61 degrees.
The current water temps Newport 60 degrees, Huntington 60 degrees, the South Bay showed as 61 degrees, Santa Monica 60 degrees and Malibu 59 degrees.
I’ll be back on Monday with the next update!