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With a heavy heart I’m predicting that the the Mother Lode of Winter swell is now in the rear view mirror, and although the large surf was rather sporadic, (especially in December), there were definitely some incredible days to be had if you put yourself in the right place at the right time. For me personally, I was in comeback mode most of the prime surf months, (Hip replacement surgery, followed by a brief boogie board stint), and just started hitting stride over the last few weeks.

Summer surf is a tough pill to swallow after ingesting a steady dose of adrenalin last week…. but now we’re in for summer crowds, elevated cases of Costcosis, and recent surf school graduates will be looming large in the near future. It’s time to start thinking about plotting a couple trips to go to where the MEAT of the swell energy is. Mainland Mex and Central America are prime destinations, and if you’ve already hit those keep moving down into South America or head off to INDO or Fiji. Our crew is going to check out Ecuador in early May and we’ll let you know what we find. Get out there and explore! You only go around once… as far as I know!

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For Monday morning we should have waist high + surf for the better West facing breaks from that same 300-305 degree angle.

2017-02-27 Mon 03:18 AM 0.81 feet Low Tide
2017-02-27 Mon 06:24 AM Sunrise
2017-02-27 Mon 07:10 AM Moonrise
2017-02-27 Mon 09:24 AM 5.65 feet High Tide
2017-02-27 Mon 03:57 PM -0.54 feet Low Tide
2017-02-27 Mon 05:48 PM Sunset
2017-02-27 Mon 07:14 PM Moonset
2017-02-27 Mon 10:12 PM 4.82 feet High Tide

The conditions look fantastic with variable winds out of the East at 2-8 MPH until noon and 5-7 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. There’s a 40% chance of rain and the air tops out at 57 degrees.

Tuesday morning looks similar with smallish, waist high + sets out of the NW, but more interesting is our first fresh pulse out of the Southern Hemisphere. Not real impressive, but the better South facing breaks will see a long, 14-16 second interval swell roll in from a 190 degree angle late in the day. Wednesday should see some fun little waist to chest high lines for the top S/SW facing breaks.

2017-02-28 Tue 04:00 AM 0.66 feet Low Tide
2017-02-28 Tue 06:23 AM Sunrise
2017-02-28 Tue 07:48 AM Moonrise
2017-02-28 Tue 10:05 AM 5.30 feet High Tide
2017-02-28 Tue 04:30 PM -0.20 feet Low Tide
2017-02-28 Tue 05:49 PM Sunset
2017-02-28 Tue 08:18 PM Moonset
2017-02-28 Tue 10:47 PM 4.95 feet High Tide

The conditions look good with NE/NNE winds at 2-7 MPH until noon and 3-8 MPH out of the West in the afternoon! The air tops out at 58 degrees.

Wednesday morning looks to be the money day for the week, but the payoff will result in only sporadic, waist to chest high sets out of the South from that same 185-190 degree angle. Spots like San O’ and the OC will be biggest and best, but I have to admit I’m truly sad that the Southern Hemisphere will all of a sudden looks to be our go to swell direction…

2017-03-01 Wed 04:48 AM 0.60 feet Low Tide
2017-03-01 Wed 06:22 AM Sunrise
2017-03-01 Wed 08:26 AM Moonrise
2017-03-01 Wed 10:51 AM 4.77 feet High Tide
2017-03-01 Wed 05:04 PM 0.27 feet Low Tide
2017-03-01 Wed 05:50 PM Sunset
2017-03-01 Wed 09:23 PM Moonset
2017-03-01 Wed 11:25 PM 5.02 feet High Tide

The conditions should be great in the AM with 6-10 MPH breezes out of the N/NNE until noon, (stronger below passes and canyons), and 3-8 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp jumps up to 67 degrees.

For Thursday morning we’ll see meager leftovers out of the South, (the same 190 degree angle), with inconsistent waist high sets for the top South facing breaks.

2017-03-02 Thu 05:44 AM 0.63 feet Low Tide
2017-03-02 Thu 06:21 AM Sunrise
2017-03-02 Thu 09:06 AM Moonrise
2017-03-02 Thu 11:45 AM 4.12 feet High Tide
2017-03-02 Thu 05:42 PM 0.82 feet Low Tide
2017-03-02 Thu 05:51 PM Sunset
2017-03-02 Thu 10:29 PM Moonset

The conditions look pretty good with the Santa Ana-esque conditions continuing with 5-9 MPH winds out of the N/NNE until noon, (stronger below passes and canyons), and 5-12 MPH breezes out of the West in the afternoon. The air tops bumps up to a toasty 69 degrees.

Water Temps: are as follows – Malibu 55, Santa Monica 58, Hermosa 58, Huntington 56 and Newport 59 degrees. Click the tides tab on the widget below for updated water temps or if you’re on a mobile device just scroll down!

I will be back on Monday with the latest scoop!

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