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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!

Reality check – Our 2 week stint of perfect Santa Ana conditions is over… bitter sweet for me. Kind of nice to take off the weekend and rest my body. It’s easy to get snobbish with an “all day perfect glass” scenario, but that was an anomaly. Now the strike missions will require a little more forethought with the early mornings being the best bet. Although this week looks a little iffy there is more swell in the hopper so stay tuned and enjoy the Holiday season!

Monday morning we should see the top West facing beaches fade into the chest to head high zone through the morning hours with a few larger leftover waves at the top deepwater spots.

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 good with more offshore winds in the 3-9 MPH zone until noon and light 3-6 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 maybe 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 good with light winds out of the East in the 2-4 MPH zone until noon and onshore breezes at 4-6 MPH through the rest of the day. The air temp tops out at 65 degrees.

For Wednesday morning see minor NW energy from a steep 305-310 degrees with 13-15 second intervals. The top West facing breaks will see waist high + sets. Nothing real exciting, go finish your X-Mas shopping!

2017-12-20 Wed 03:19 AM 2.41 feet Low Tide
2017-12-20 Wed 06:55 AM Sunrise
2017-12-20 Wed 08:38 AM Moonrise
2017-12-20 Wed 09:31 AM 5.62 feet High Tide
2017-12-20 Wed 04:48 PM Sunset
2017-12-20 Wed 04:52 PM -0.25 feet Low Tide
2017-12-20 Wed 07:10 PM Moonset
2017-12-20 Wed 11:31 PM 3.66 feet High Tide

The conditions look tolerable with light onshore winds in the 1-3 MPH until noon and 7-12 MPH breezes until dark. The air temp dips to 61 degrees.

For Thursday morning it is looking pretty sloppy with stiff onshore winds right out of the gate and waist to possibly chest high wind swell, (for the exposed West facing beaches), from a steep 305-310 degrees. I wouldn’t bother to set an alarm!

2017-12-21 Thu 03:54 AM 2.55 feet Low Tide
2017-12-21 Thu 06:55 AM Sunrise
2017-12-21 Thu 09:20 AM Moonrise
2017-12-21 Thu 10:03 AM 5.36 feet High Tide
2017-12-21 Thu 04:48 PM Sunset
2017-12-21 Thu 05:28 PM -0.05 feet Low Tide
2017-12-21 Thu 08:03 PM Moonset

The conditions look pretty sketchy with N/NNW winds in the 9-16 MPH zone until noon and but are slated to ease to 4-6 MPH breezes out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp gets up to 64 degrees.

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

I’ll be back on Tuesday with the 5DAY 4CAST!

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