Thursday 04/26/12 Report and Prediction

Report:  Light onshore winds and leftover E/SE waves.  Nothing great, but I suppose you could get a few decent waves at standout breaks, particularly those with some sort of structure, before the winds come up later this morning or early afternoon.

Prediction:  Well, we did luck out and wind up with returning offshore winds last night, salvaging an evening session, but unfortunately it looks like the front is dragging its heels and will likely not allow the offshore winds to arrive until very late in the day (most likely after dark).  As always, I recommend you keep your eyes on the flags and online resources to make the best go-time call.

Extended Forecast:  The other unfortunate aspect of the current setup is that offshore NW-WNW winds are predicted to ramp up quite a bit around midnight, knocking down whatever windswell is generated by the onshore blow later today.  That all said, I could see a small mid-period SE groundswell spinning off the back of the low as it moves offshore, so it is possible we could see rideable conditions early tomorrow AM under stiff offshore winds.  If so, your best bet would likely be somewhere with a little wind blockage to minimize the blow-back-effect.  Minimal-to-flat conditions are likely for the weekend with high pressure sitting over us and no significant wave-producing systems in proximity at sea.