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On a sad note a surfer died at El Porto on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently he was at a novice skill level yet somehow made it out into the OH to DOH surf, broke his leash and was rescued by an LA County Lifegaurd. On the way to the beach they were hit by several large set waves at which point the victim lost consciousness. Attempts to revive him failed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Winter surf is no joke even for a seasoned vet. Keep an eye on your fellow surfers and be smart and safe. If you’re not sure, don’t paddle out and look for a more sheltered beach that is not as daunting!

For Saturday morning we’ll see that NW ground swell hit full stride and kick up sets in the head high to OH zone, (with WOH waves at the best deepwater spots). The angle will remain a Westerly 285-295 degrees with 15 + second intervals. It looks like we should also see some shorter interval NW wind swell climb into the mix, (305-310 degrees), so hopefully that will break up the long, meaty, ground swell lines a little bit.

With the Westerly angle in this energy it should bend into any beach that gets a whiff of that direction. The points and reefs will be your best bet, and if I had the time, I would head down to San Diego or Baja Norte! It should be going off down there!

The tide’s pretty full again: 07:36 AM 5.93 feet High Tide

2017-12-16 Sat 01:18 AM 1.94 feet Low Tide
2017-12-16 Sat 05:19 AM Moonrise
2017-12-16 Sat 06:52 AM Sunrise
2017-12-16 Sat 07:36 AM 5.93 feet High Tide
2017-12-16 Sat 02:42 PM -0.35 feet Low Tide
2017-12-16 Sat 04:03 PM Moonset
2017-12-16 Sat 04:46 PM Sunset
2017-12-16 Sat 09:04 PM 3.80 feet High Tide

The conditions look excellent again with variable winds out of the East in the 2-5 MPH until noon, (stronger below the passes and canyons), and 3-7 MPH breezes until dark. The air temp tops out at 68 degrees.

For Sunday morning that energy will begin to back off, but you can still expect shoulder to head high + surf at most West facing spots and OH sets at the standouts

Tide comes into play for the AM again: 08:04 AM 5.94 feet High Tide

2017-12-17 Sun 01:48 AM 2.08 feet Low Tide
2017-12-17 Sun 06:12 AM Moonrise
2017-12-17 Sun 06:53 AM Sunrise
2017-12-17 Sun 08:04 AM 5.94 feet High Tide
2017-12-17 Sun 03:14 PM -0.44 feet Low Tide
2017-12-17 Sun 04:45 PM Moonset
2017-12-17 Sun 04:47 PM Sunset
2017-12-17 Sun 09:39 PM 3.79 feet High Tide
2017-12-17 Sun 10:31 PM New Moon

The conditions look pretty damn good again with N/NE/NNE winds in the 5-11 MPH zone until noon, (slightly stronger below the passes and canyons), and mild 1-5 MPH breezes out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp holds at 68 degrees.

Monday morning looks pretty solid with a slight uptick in the NW energy. The top West facing beaches should see chest to head high sets through the morning hours with larger OH + waves at the top deepwater spots.

The SW energy will remain in the mix as well with waist high sets from that same 200 + degree angle but only be visually apparent at the South facing beaches.

2017-12-18 Mon 02:17 AM 2.19 feet Low Tide
2017-12-18 Mon 06:54 AM Sunrise
2017-12-18 Mon 07:04 AM Moonrise
2017-12-18 Mon 08:32 AM 5.90 feet High Tide
2017-12-18 Mon 03:45 PM -0.45 feet Low Tide
2017-12-18 Mon 04:47 PM Sunset
2017-12-18 Mon 05:30 PM Moonset
2017-12-18 Mon 10:14 PM 3.75 feet High Tide

The conditions look fair with more variable winds in the 1-4 MPH zone until noon and light 4-6 MPH breezes out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 69 degrees.

For Tuesday morning things will really drop off with remnant NW energy dishing up waist to chest high surf for the top West facing beaches.

2017-12-19 Tue 02:48 AM 2.29 feet Low Tide
2017-12-19 Tue 06:54 AM Sunrise
2017-12-19 Tue 07:52 AM Moonrise
2017-12-19 Tue 09:01 AM 5.80 feet High Tide
2017-12-19 Tue 04:18 PM -0.38 feet Low Tide
2017-12-19 Tue 04:47 PM Sunset
2017-12-19 Tue 06:18 PM Moonset
2017-12-19 Tue 10:51 PM 3.71 feet High Tide

The conditions look a little iffy but should be decent through the AM. We’re slated to have variable winds out of the N/NW in the 2-5 MPH zone until around 2PM and stronger onshore breezes at 6-10 MPH through the rest of the day. The air temp tops out at 68 degrees.

Water Temps are as follows – Malibu 61, Santa Monica 61, Hermosa 62, Huntington 58 and Newport 62 degrees.

I’ll be back on Sunday with the next update!

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