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Southern California saw some solid 18-second energy on Thursday, and the current South swell is forecast to linger through the weekend. Swell heights peaked on Thursday, but the Dana Point buoy is still reporting swell conditions of 4-feet at 17-seconds, so while the waves will be smaller tomorrow, there’s still a healthy amount of energy in the water.

Here’s a look at the conditions from the Dana Point buoy on Thursday, May 19th, 2011. You can see the West wind swell backed off throughout the day as the strong Northwest winds faded Wednesday night into early Thursday:

The forecast for Saturday shows light SW winds around 4 knots, turning slightly more West and increasing to 9 knots by mid-afternoon. The South swell hovers around 4-feet at 15-seconds (189°) throughout the day.

Real-time reports from the Dana Point buoy are available on Twitter by following @buoy46223.

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