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.
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.
There will still be some small waves in Santa Cruz for the next few days and good conditions can be found at exposed beaches like Ocean Beach SF. A new WNW swell will start showing late Tuesday and peak into Wednesday next week with up to head high waves in town and well over head at exposed regions. Surf will remain fun as that swell drops off through Saturday. A larger swell is forecast for the last half of next weekend with double over-head surf at the beaches with WNW exposure and over-head surf for Santa Cruz by Sunday.
Very good time of year to score waves along the exposed beaches in Central California. Waves will be on the small fun size in Santa Cruz until the next swell; been better at lower tides. The beach breaks can be firing during these milder days and they have been good; should not tell which ones. Search and you will find. Next bigger swell is scheduled to arrive November 13th.
Current mix of WNW, S, and W swells will continue to provide waves but will be on a declining trend until middle of the week when some new NW energy shows up. Ocean Beach SF and other beaches with NW exposure will see well over head waves Wednesday through Friday, but the angle looks too steep to send much of this energy into Santa Cruz. So town will be lucky to have any waist high waves by the end for the surf forecast period.