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The North Pacific Awakens

It’s still not officially winter, but the North Pacific’s summer slumber is officially over. The first big swell of the 2011-2012 winter season is making its way towards the Pacific Northwest with enough size to test your summer training regimen.

Washington and Oregon will receive the brunt of the energy, with surf heights building rapidly throughout Wednesday and peaking in the 16 feet at 15 seconds range (WNW 283°).  shows the swell peaking 

The Stonewall Banks (@buoy46050) forecast also shows a large, moderate-period swell on Monday (10 feet at 12 seconds WNW 286°), which might provide a good opportunity to dust off the gun before Wednesday.

Further south, the Half Moon Bay forecast shows the swell peaking early Thursday morning in Northern California, with swell conditions of 12 feet at 15 seconds (WNW 301°). Long-period forerunners in the 17-second range are expected to appear in the real-time reports (@buoy46012) by Wednesday evening.

Hawaii will also see some action from this swell, however it will primarily be sideband energy, and thus wave heights will not be as big. The Waimea Bay forecast shows surf heights building through the day on Wednesday, reaching about 5 feet at 13 seconds (NNW 340°) by nightfall, then tapering off slowly into the weekend.


7-Day Swell Forecast Locations Added

We’ve received numerous requests to add swell forecasts for certain buoys, so we did. Free 7-day detailed swell forecasts are now available for:

We have also updated the individual buoy pages, giving forecasts their own URI, so you can link directly to the forecast and avoid an additional click.

If you’d like to see a forecast for a particular buoy, post a comment below, send us an email, or shoot us a request @buoyalarm on Twitter.


Nelscott Reef is Going to be Extra, Extra, Classic

The forecast model had the Stonewall Banks buoy peaking Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at 22 feet at 17 seconds. The last report from @buoy46050 was 21.7 feet at 19 seconds, at 12:00 a.m. Pacific. Wow.

Just to put this into perspective, the Half Moon Bay buoy peaked at 22 feet at 16.7 seconds on February 13th, 2010, the day Grant Baker rode his 2010 XXL Ride of the Year winning wave at Mavericks. No doubt tomorrow’s competition will produce some XXL nominees, especially with the crew that’s descending on the spot. Good luck to all the competitors, looks like it’s going to be a classic indeed.

Speaking of @buoy46012, forecast models have it peaking around 18 feet at 18 seconds, which will definitely be enough to produce some XXL moments for Mavericks as well. The swell builds quickly through the day, but won’t peak until mid-afternoon.

If you’ve been frothing all Summer to dust off your gun, the wait is over. It’s pretty much game time.


The Pacific Serves up Some Brontosauras Burgers

A solid XXL swell is making is way across the Northwest Pacific, and should provide massive surf throughout the region on Tuesday. The Nelscott Reef contest has gotten a green light for Tuesday, and other XXL hunters are headed towards Northern California to give Mavericks a go. Here’s how the individual forecast models are currently shaping up…

The Stonewall Banks buoy (20 NM West of Newport, OR) peaks early Tuesday morning at a solid 23.3 feet at 17.5 seconds (278°), then slowly fades through Wednesday.

Down the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy quickly builds during the day, with 3.3 feet at 21 second forerunners at dawn, building to 18.4 feet at 17.8 seconds (298°) by late afternoon. The surf drops slightly overnight, but still manages to produce 16.7 feet at 16.2 seconds (296°) early Wednesday morning.

Still further South, the Harvest buoy gets in on the action too, with the NW swell building quickly Tuesday evening, then peaking Wednesday morning at 17.7 feet at 17 seconds (302°).

Even the San Clemente Basin gets in on the action, with 8.2 feet at 17.5 seconds (294°) energy arriving mid-day Wednesday and lingering through Thursday.

Oh yeah, and Hawaii’s getting its first legit swell too. If the conditions are right, the HIC Pro will open to some big surf at Sunset, but there’s a chance it could actually be too much. Stay tuned to your local buoys for real-time swell data as the swell unfolds.


Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic Issues Condition Yellow

The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic has issued a condition yellow with an XXL swell churning towards Oregon. Organizers have also made a format change for 2010, eliminating the ski and going exclusively paddle.

As one of the five stops on the Big Wave World Tour, the Nelscott Reef invitee list is a who’s who of big wave chargers, including Greg and Rusty Long, Ramon Navarro, Peter Mel, Chris Bertish, and Carlos Burle. Local boys Mark Healey and Shane Dorian are also on that list, as well as current tour leader Jamie Sterling.

Nelscott will also provide an opportunity for the ladies, extending invitations to seven women to compete in an exhibition, including Maya Gabeira, Jamila Starr, Mercedes Meidana and Keala Kennelly.

Here’s a look at the upcoming swell that triggered the condition yellow. The Stonewall Banks buoy forecast shows a huge West swell peaking mid-day Tuesday at 21.6 feet at 17.4 seconds (279°).

For real-time wave observations from the Stonewall Banks buoy, follow @buoy46050 on Twitter. Additional buoys in the Pacific Northwest are available on our Pacific Northwest regional map.

Photo via Richard Hallman