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California set to crack!

Posted: Thursday Jan 15, 2009     By: Swellinfo     Category: Forecast

Solid west swell hits California this weekend.

Southern California has been in quite a lull so far this winter, but relief is on the way to SoCal and the rest of the California coast.

A strong, well defined low pressure system is currently sitting south of the Aleutian Islands, and stirring up a lot of swell in the North Pacific. The Hawaiian Islands are currently seeing strong N/NW swell, but also a lot of wind and weather due to the close proximity of the storm to the Islands. Fortunately, the wind and weather are look excellent for the California coastline as W/WNW swells from this system move in for the coming weekend.

Many areas in Southern California are going to see plenty of head high range surf, while standout spots are likely to see 6 to 8 foot surf. Central and Northern California breaks will receive more size with overhead to double overhead waves for exposed areas, while big wave breaks go XXL.

View the live Southern California Wave Maps below. It is easy to see the strong surf moving in Saturday through Monday. You can use the navigate buttons (top left) to navigate to the north or to zoom out. Please check the local detailed surf forecast pages, for the complete 5 day forecast for your local area.