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Today’s Slideshow is courtesy of Ruben Pina – The South Bay 12-16-13 If you see a photo you like you can contact Ruben directly at rubenpina65@yahoo.com to buy a hi-res version for the wall!
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 12-18-13
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lo res white sharkIf you haven’t seen the Video of the Great White Shark encounter, at El Porto, from 10-16-13
Check it out!
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Thursday morning looks smaller with leftover Westerly swell in the waist high plus range. The high tide is far enough out that there should be a subtle tide push through the dawn patrol.

Thursday
2013-12-19 Thu 03:22 AM 2.34 feet Low Tide
2013-12-19 Thu 06:54 AM Sunrise
2013-12-19 Thu 08:21 AM Moonset
2013-12-19 Thu 09:28 AM 5.67 feet High Tide
2013-12-19 Thu 04:43 PM -0.27 feet Low Tide
2013-12-19 Thu 04:47 PM Sunset
2013-12-19 Thu 07:12 PM Moonrise
2013-12-19 Thu 11:23 PM 3.78 feet High Tide

The conditions are leaning towards poor on todays wind model readings, with onshore breezes in the 5-9 MPH throughout the day. There’s a 60% chance of rain and the air temp tops out at a chilly 58 degrees.
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Friday morning we’ll see an increase in steeply angled NW wind swell. This energy will move in from a 310 degree direction with 8-12 second intervals and put the most exposed West facing breaks into the chest to shoulder high plus range. The winds look a bit iffy with the models calling for variable breezes in the 2-5 MPH range all day long.

Friday
2013-12-20 Fri 03:58 AM 2.44 feet Low Tide
2013-12-20 Fri 06:55 AM Sunrise
2013-12-20 Fri 08:59 AM Moonset
2013-12-20 Fri 10:01 AM 5.37 feet High Tide
2013-12-20 Fri 04:48 PM Sunset
2013-12-20 Fri 05:15 PM -0.03 feet Low Tide
2013-12-20 Fri 08:05 PM Moonrise

The conditions look less than perfect on the wind models with variable 2-5 MPH breezes until 10AM and 7-12 Westerly winds through the remainder of the day. The air temp will top out at 65 degrees.
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For Saturday morning that wind swell will back down quickly with waist to hopefully chest high leftovers for the best West facing beaches.

The good news is that it looks like some fresh, long interval, NW ground swell will start to show up late in the day and fill in under the cloak of darkness.

Saturday
2013-12-21 Sat 12:01 AM 3.79 feet High Tide
2013-12-21 Sat 04:40 AM 2.56 feet Low Tide
2013-12-21 Sat 06:55 AM Sunrise
2013-12-21 Sat 09:33 AM Moonset
2013-12-21 Sat 10:35 AM 4.97 feet High Tide
2013-12-21 Sat 04:48 PM Sunset
2013-12-21 Sat 05:49 PM 0.26 feet Low Tide
2013-12-21 Sat 08:59 PM Moonrise

The conditions look good with 3-8 MPH winds, out of the E/SE until noon, and mild 4-7 MPH breezes out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp will top out at 62 degrees.
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For Sunday morning that NW ground swell should be in full swing from a liberal 275-290 degree angle which means any spot that gets a whiff of Westerly swell should be in play. Most breaks will see chest to head high sets while stand out beaches see overhead sets. Due to the long period nature of this energy the reefs and points will be the best bet as the beaches haven’t seen enough rain, or that one macking swell, to enable the creation of sand bars.

Sunday
2013-12-22 Sun 12:43 AM 3.82 feet High Tide
2013-12-22 Sun 05:32 AM 2.67 feet Low Tide
2013-12-22 Sun 06:56 AM Sunrise
2013-12-22 Sun 10:07 AM Moonset
2013-12-22 Sun 11:12 AM 4.50 feet High Tide
2013-12-22 Sun 04:49 PM Sunset
2013-12-22 Sun 06:24 PM 0.59 feet Low Tide
2013-12-22 Sun 09:53 PM Moonrise
2013-12-17 Tue 10:13 PM 3.81 feet High Tide

The conditions look good again with 1-3 MPH winds, out of the E/NE until noon and timid 4-5 MPH breezes out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp will top out at 67 degrees.
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The current water temps Newport 60 degrees, Huntington 60 degrees, the South Bay showed as 58 degrees, Santa Monica 59 degrees and Malibu 60 degrees.
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I’ll be back on Thursday with the next update!
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