SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED on 4-20-18
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SHARK SIGHTINGS 4-18-18 there were several juvenile Great White Shark sightings in the Manhattan Beach/El Porto area. All sharks observed were an estimated 5-8 feet. Don’t be shocked if you see a breaching GWS just beyond the wave line.
For Saturday morning the new South swell will take center stage with 16-17 second intervals from a discriminating 180 degrees. You’ll have to find a beach that is receptive to that angle. The OC and San O’ areas look to be your best bet.
Waist high NW energy continues to move in from a 300-305 degree angle with 8-10 second intervals for the better West facing breaks.
2018-04-21 Sat 12:37 AM Moonset
2018-04-21 Sat 01:15 AM 5.18 feet High Tide
2018-04-21 Sat 06:15 AM Sunrise
2018-04-21 Sat 08:59 AM -0.16 feet Low Tide
2018-04-21 Sat 11:08 AM Moonrise
2018-04-21 Sat 04:14 PM 3.30 feet High Tide
2018-04-21 Sat 07:30 PM Sunset
2018-04-21 Sat 08:16 PM 2.68 feet Low Tide
The conditions should be decent with variable 1-4 MPH breezes until noon and 8-10 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp bumps up to 71 degrees.
For Sunday morning we’ll see a combo of smallish NW ground swell and wind swell energy, (waist high + for the West facing breaks), and continued steeply angled sets out of the South from that same sideways angle of 180 degrees.
Once again only the most exposed South facing breaks will get a sniff of this energy but should dish up chest high sets for the top spots.
2018-04-22 Sun 01:34 AM Moonset
2018-04-22 Sun 02:30 AM 4.84 feet High Tide
2018-04-22 Sun 06:14 AM Sunrise
2018-04-22 Sun 10:20 AM -0.14 feet Low Tide
2018-04-22 Sun 12:10 PM Moonrise
2018-04-22 Sun 02:46 PM First Quarter
2018-04-22 Sun 05:39 PM 3.63 feet High Tide
2018-04-22 Sun 07:30 PM Sunset
2018-04-22 Sun 10:13 PM 2.65 feet Low Tide
The conditions should be decent with variable 1-5 MPH breezes until noon and 8-11 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 70 degrees.
For Monday the South swell will dip down into the waist high range and the sets will be few and far between.
The NW ground and wind swell will continue to drum up waist high + surf for the better West facing breaks.
2018-04-23 Mon 02:25 AM Moonset
2018-04-23 Mon 04:03 AM 4.64 feet High Tide
2018-04-23 Mon 06:13 AM Sunrise
2018-04-23 Mon 11:31 AM -0.20 feet Low Tide
2018-04-23 Mon 01:15 PM Moonrise
2018-04-23 Mon 06:33 PM 4.06 feet High Tide
2018-04-23 Mon 07:31 PM Sunset
2018-04-23 Mon 11:47 PM 2.21 feet Low Tide
The conditions look okay with variable breezes at 1-4 MPH until noon and 7-9 MPH out of the West until sunset. The air temp dips to 68 degrees.
For Tuesday morning all beaches will toil in the waist high range.
2018-04-24 Tue 03:10 AM Moonset
2018-04-24 Tue 05:29 AM 4.64 feet High Tide
2018-04-24 Tue 06:12 AM Sunrise
2018-04-24 Tue 12:29 PM -0.25 feet Low Tide
2018-04-24 Tue 02:19 PM Moonrise
2018-04-24 Tue 07:13 PM 4.50 feet High Tide
2018-04-24 Tue 07:32 PM Sunset
The conditions look fair early with S/SW, 2-4 MPH winds until 10AM and 6-11 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp holds at 68 degrees.
Water temps (day of 4CAST update), are as follows: Malibu 53, Santa Monica 56, South Bay 58, Huntington 56, Newport 57
I’ll be back on Sunday with the next update!
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