Plenty of Surf This Week in SoCal

5.14.23 – More swell on the way this week.  The northwest swell that built through the second half of the weekend is set to peak on Monday. This energy is originating from the northwest Pacific so waves should continue to stay clean and organized with long periods. 

Monday evening, we will see another round of Southern Hemi swell move in from the southwest. This combo swell will continue through most of Tuesday before the northwest swell backs off completely and leaves only the southwest swell in place.  Wave sizes look good Monday with 3-4 ft heights in our best spots and 4-5 ft waves on Tuesday. 

The southwest swell continues growing Tuesday and beyond to make for some pretty massive waves the latter half of this week. It looks like the southwest swell should peak Thursday afternoon where widespread 6 ft waves could be possible south of OC. Again, these waves look to be clean and organized with periods as long as 16 seconds.

Winds don’t look to be much of an issue this week as we’ll continue to see calm conditions in the morning hours and a light onshore breeze for the afternoon. This shouldn’t impede surfing by much as speeds stay under 10 mph all weekend. The weather looks warm and dry this week with Los Angeles reaching the low-80s for Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday and Thursday look slightly cooler with 70s expected area wide.

Best Bets

  • Thursday morning looks fantastic south of Huntington Beach to Oceanside with 7 ft waves possible.
  • Thursday afternoon near Malibu will be another excellent opportunity with 5-6 ft waves possible.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday mornings look awesome in the above locations especially when the winds stay light which will be in the morning hours.

MONDAY

The northwest swell from this weekend will continue into Monday making for 3-4 ft waves from VC to Santa Monica and for areas south of OC. These waves will increase in size a few inches through the day as the Southern Hemi swell starts to kick in adding to the northwest waves. With waves coming from the north and south, the water may be a bit disorganized but were still looking at solid 12 + second periods.

Winds start the day out almost completely calm and it looks like they will stay that way until about 5 pm. After that a slight onshore breeze will develop but speeds stay under 7-8 mph. All around Monday looks like a beautiful surf day with high temps in the upper-70s for LA and low-70s for San Diego and Santa Barbara. No rain is expected so expect plenty of sunshine!

TUESDAY

The northwest swell starts to back off by Tuesday morning leaving the southwest swell dominating. Waves sizes won’t decrease though. In fact, the southwest swell is set to grow by about a foot in size throughout the day on Tuesday. This will leave some pretty large waves by the evening with 4-5 ft waves expected from Long Beach down to San Diego.

The other good spot to surf looks to be from Santa Monica to Ventura where 3-4 ft waves are possible. Waves should begin to organize through the day due to the northwest swell backing off. 16 second periods are indicated by models so we’re looking at nice clean energy from Tuesday onwards. Winds look similar to Tuesday, staying calm through the morning but picking up slightly through the afternoon. The could be a little stronger towards San Diego so it may be best to stay north.

WEDNESDAY

The southwest swell continues growing overnight so by Wednesday morning were looking at 5-6 ft waves from Huntington Beach down to Oceanside. Waves begin to decrease further south towards San Diego where 3-4 ft heights are likely. 4-5 ft waves are indicated from Santa Monica to Ventura. Waves will increase slightly though the day with a few inches difference between the morning and evening. This looks like a beautiful day to surf.

Highs will reach the 80s in LA with low to mid-70s for San Diego and Santa Barbara. Winds remain calm until about noon where an onshore breeze again picks up with speeds between 5-10 mph for the afternoon. Periods remain nice and long all day with 16 seconds on average.

THURSDAY

The southwest swell should peak on Thursday around 3 pm although there won’t be too much change through the day. Waves will be noticeably larger compared to Wednesday though. 6-7 ft waves are possible from Huntington Beach down to Oceanside with 4-5 ft waves near VC. These waves will continue to see 16 second periods making for some of the best surf all year!

Waves decrease slightly by the evening but only by a few inches. Winds look light through most of the day especially to the north. South of LA could see an onshore breeze around 5-10 mph from the morning onwards. All around winds don’t look like to big of an issue and temps warm into the 70s areawide making for a great surf day. 

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