Just as summer is about to end and Labor Day Weekend is around the corner, Hurricane ILEANA is about to bombard Southern California’s coast with plus size waves. It seemed as if the past few weeks the waves had been in hibernation. But finally, surfers have something to look forward to this Labor Day Weekend. As the week comes to a close, the storm will send waves marching up the coastline ready for the weekend surfer. Off the coast of Baja California, ILEANA was declared a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map, August 30, 2012.
As of now the swell is peaking midday Saturday and will extend into the beginning of next week. Expect to see surf anywhere from waist to head high+ at popular surf spots up and down the coast of Southern California. Trestles will be pumping Saturday with 6-9 ft sets, and 14 ft prediction at The Wedge in Newport. Even Malibu is forecasted to be overhead.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration graph of wave height, August 30, 2012.