Sunday, July 4, 2010

Missin' It on the Fourth

The morning's LA Times contained a warning for beachgoers:

Big surf to hit Southern California beaches; public is warned about dangers

The big surf promised for some Southern California will begin to materialize Sunday morning.

It has prompted public warnings from surf experts and lifesaving officials -- especially for those less familiar with the rhythm and power of big surf.

The swells, formed by a large storm near New Zealand, will generate waves with faces of up to eight feet in height along south-facing beaches in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to forecasters at Large surf is expected to continue through Tuesday before tapering off.

The Southern Hemisphere swell will not hit all beaches equally. The South-facing beaches in San Diego and Orange counties will see the largest surf.
The swell is expected to create the typical summer spectacle at the Wedge, next to the mouth of the Newport Harbor. Body surfers will test their nerves and their necks on waves that can double in size after refracting off the rocks and then slamming onto the shallows or onto the sand. Forecasters project some sets at the Wedge could reach 15 feet.

Excerpts from Surfline this morning:

SOCAL on SUNDAY: New SSW groundswell is on the rise this morning with better South exposed breaks already picking up ...

Forecast Outlook:
MONDAY: New SSW groundswell tops out with chest-head high+ waves and sets running 2-3'+ overhead at top spots. ...

The swell chart is even more enticing:

But none for frustrating is that?

Ankle is on the mend, but it's only been a week and the strength and stability is not there to swim out in any kind of surf.  Here's to hoping that it's just the beginning of an active summer of swells!

Meanwhile, Crawdaddy's posted his video from last Saturday's well-attended Expression Session in the Park.  No appearance for me, this time; I was already beached.

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