The weather has been a broken record lately with cool temperatures and gusty afternoon WNW winds. Inconsistent SSW swell and WNW wind swell energy will continue to provide most of the surf as WNW swells wane in the forecast period. There will be some fresh SW swell mid-week, but will be inconsistent in town. There are more options to be found North and South along our coast line that see the WNW wind swell activity.
The days are getting longer very quickly this time of year. The increase in solar energy usually kicks off a few last blasts of winter for the California coast. Our weather has not been usual for the last few years. This is creating a lack of storms heading our way to generate swell. In fact, the South Pacific is currently more active than the North Pacific, so we will see more SSW swells than WNW for the next week or so. Waves are knee to Chest high at the top spots in Santa Cruz and waist to head high at exposed beaches. The trend will be smaller until Thursday when we get a bump in WNW mid-period energy. Some small scale SSW swells will be on tap for next weekend.
Central California Weather has been good to epic, so some needed rain is nice to have in the weather forecast. The train of W and WNW swells will continue and Peak a bit on Monday. Wave energy will wane through the mid-week, but still enough surf to provide fun chest high waves in Santa Cruz and head high at exposed beaches.
The current trend of small surf and cold fair weather will continue. Santa Cruz will remain mostly flat with some possible ridables waves at the lower tides. There are some small but fun waves to be found along the SF Ocean Beach regions and other exposed coasts. The forecast calls for a small improvement by the middle of next week with chest high waves in town and possible over head waves at exposed regions.
Combinations of fun size WNW and W swells will keep the surf in the knee to chest high range through the week in Santa Cruz. More exposed beaches and reefs have been providing fun waves with these milder sized WNW swells and can be the best bet through this week. The next bigger swell is on the calendar for Monday Friday with well over head waves at exposed beaches and head high waves in Santa Cruz.