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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED on 12-17-18
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No major alterations to the original forecast and as a matter of fact some sizeable swell is already showing at El Porto this morning with OH to WOH sets! The shape left a little to be desired, but the heavy hitters were out there giving it their best. The power, size and lack of shape made my decision to let my injury continue to heal a no brainer, nonetheless my hat’s off to the guys who paddled out there and took their lumps… I was kind of jealous… ehhh not really!
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For Monday morning a Booming NW swell will roar into So Cal and light up any spot with a look at the West. This swell will be a deep water, 6.5 foot beast, from a 290-300 degree angle and Widow-Maker 20 second + intervals. Based on this mornings wave models we should see head high to OH surf early, but keep your head on a swivel, as DOH to nearly TOH sets will start rolling in mid to late morning. The Beach breaks may be a tough proposition… I would seek out a point, reef or a beach that muffles the swell intensity a hair. Be careful out there… looks like lots of sneaker sets will be served for lunch!

Monday
2018-12-17 Mon 01:25 AM Moonset
2018-12-17 Mon 05:19 AM 4.90 feet High Tide
2018-12-17 Mon 06:53 AM Sunrise
2018-12-17 Mon 12:04 PM 1.41 feet Low Tide
2018-12-17 Mon 01:31 PM Moonrise
2018-12-17 Mon 04:47 PM Sunset
2018-12-17 Mon 05:43 PM 3.44 feet High Tide
2018-12-17 Mon 11:11 PM 1.47 feet Low Tide

The conditions look to be fantastic, even with a chance of rain. We’re slated to see variable breezes at 1-4 MPH all day long. Looks like you’ll have about 12 hours to find something that’s working! The chance of rain has been scaled back to a 20% and the air temp dips to 65 degrees.
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For Tuesday morning we’ll see a slightly more user friendly version of Monday as the energy very slowly dissipates throughout the day. The swell will continue to show its’ teeth with OH to DOH + sets for the exposed West facing breaks, (with some larger bone crunching stragglers looking for blood). Once again, the beach breaks maybe unruly, so find a spot that suits your skill level or just go buy one of those Dorian inflatable vests and hope for the best!

Anyway, be careful out there. Looks like a few exciting sessions coming up!

Tuesday
2018-12-18 Tue 02:24 AM Moonset
2018-12-18 Tue 05:49 AM 5.34 feet High Tide
2018-12-18 Tue 06:53 AM Sunrise
2018-12-18 Tue 12:43 PM 0.72 feet Low Tide
2018-12-18 Tue 02:05 PM Moonrise
2018-12-18 Tue 04:47 PM Sunset
2018-12-18 Tue 06:41 PM 3.60 feet High Tide
2018-12-18 Tue 11:51 PM 1.56 feet Low Tide

The conditions look to be tolerable with variable breezes at 0-3 MPH until noon and 6-8 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 64 and there’s a 10% chance of rain.
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For Wednesday morning that NW energy will continue to throb, and although a little smaller than Tuesday, there will still be some waves of consequence for the top West facing beaches. The swell will march in from the same angle of 290-305 degrees and the intervals will back down to a still fairly daunting, 15-16 second intervals. The top spots will see OH + sets and remain in ass kicking mode!

Wednesday
2018-12-19 Wed 03:25 AM Moonset
2018-12-19 Wed 06:20 AM 5.79 feet High Tide
2018-12-19 Wed 06:54 AM Sunrise
2018-12-19 Wed 01:21 PM 0.04 feet Low Tide
2018-12-19 Wed 02:42 PM Moonrise
2018-12-19 Wed 04:47 PM Sunset
2018-12-19 Wed 07:30 PM 3.77 feet High Tide

The conditions look fabulous with N/NNE winds at 2-4 MPH until noon and timid 2-5 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp bumps up to 69 degrees.
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For Thursday morning we’ll see no real down time as another Pumping swell rolls in right on the heels of its predecessor. The new energy will rifle in from a 295-300 degree angle with intimidating 19 second intervals. The receptive West facing breaks should see OH to WOH sets and possibly some larger death bombs mixed in to keep things interesting!

Thursday
2018-12-20 Thu 12:30 AM 1.63 feet Low Tide
2018-12-20 Thu 04:30 AM Moonset
2018-12-20 Thu 06:53 AM 6.23 feet High Tide
2018-12-20 Thu 06:55 AM Sunrise
2018-12-20 Thu 01:59 PM -0.57 feet Low Tide
2018-12-20 Thu 03:24 PM Moonrise
2018-12-20 Thu 04:48 PM Sunset
2018-12-20 Thu 08:17 PM 3.92 feet High Tide

The conditions look great again with variable breezes at 3-5 MPH all day long and the air temp catapults to 73 degrees.
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For Friday morning the band plays on and there will be tons of surf remaining in play and the conditions look to be cartoonishly good all day. The better West facing breaks will dole out OH to WOH sets throughout the morning.

2018-12-21 Fri 01:10 AM 1.69 feet Low Tide
2018-12-21 Fri 05:37 AM Moonset
2018-12-21 Fri 06:55 AM Sunrise
2018-12-21 Fri 07:30 AM 6.60 feet High Tide
2018-12-21 Fri 02:39 PM -1.05 feet Low Tide
2018-12-21 Fri 04:14 PM Moonrise
2018-12-21 Fri 04:48 PM Sunset
2018-12-21 Fri 09:02 PM 4.02 feet High Tide

The conditions look unreal again with variable breezes at 1-4 MPH all day long and the air temp tops out at 68 degrees.
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Water temps are as follows, (day of 4CAST update) and are as follows: Malibu 61 Santa Monica 62 South Bay 61, Huntington 58, Newport 62.
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The next 4CAST will be posted on Tuesday!
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