California Surf Forecast – August 23, 2010

The buoy model forecast for the upcoming week shows a healthy long-period South swell arriving Tuesday, and a large, short-period Northwest swell Friday into Saturday.

The Point Loma South buoy model shows a fresh South swell filling in on Tuesday, and peaking Wednesday morning (5.2 feet at 16.5 seconds 190°). Forerunners in the 20-second period range are forecast to arrive today, with the waves slowly declining through Friday.

A slight Southerly reinforcement is arrives late Saturday into Sunday, mixed with a short-period WNW component (4.9 feet at 8.3 seconds 283°).

Looking North, the South swell is forecast to fill on the Half Moon Bay buoy through Tuesday, and peak Wednesday afternoon (5.2 feet at 16.5 seconds 188°). The swell slowly declines through Friday, however a large, short-period Northwest swell builds quickly on Thursday.

This Northwest swell bumps up again Friday night (12.1 feet at 8.7 seconds 311°), then declines through the weekend. Given the size and short-period nature of this swell, look for sloppy, disorganized conditions to prevail once it arrives.