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.
Another day of warm weather and pumping waves on tap, with a fresh long period South swell mixing with remains of the last swells will result in occasional overhead waves at the tops spots in Santa Cruz. Larger waves can be found up the coast but there is some patchy fog as of this writing.
The trend goes smaller until Friday when a new long period WNW will provide well over-head surf in town and double over-head at exposed beaches.
North Pacific swell generating activity is waking up while Southerly swells are still on the map at the same time. Nice time of year to be in Central California with typically the warmest weather and clean swells arriving along most all coastlines. Short range surf forecast calls for continued knee to waist in Santa Cruz with occasional larger sets at the tops spots through Wednesday. Plenty of waist to head high waves can be found at more exposed beaches of the North Coast and Central Coast for those searching for surf. A new WNW shows Thursday boosting the waves to head high in Santa Cruz and well over head North and South of town. The trend goes smaller into the weekend from there but still fun size moving water can be found.