June 15, 2011

Quiksilver USA Surf Championships

Event period: June 19-20 at Huntington Beach; June 21-25 at Lower Trestles

BRIEF OVERVIEW: For the Huntington Beach portion of the contest (June 19-20), a modest, but very contestable, south swell will be running. For the Lower Trestles portion of the contest (June 21-25), a series of southwest swells will possibly build, with the largest waves looking likely for the last couple days of the contest holding period.

SWELL SUMMARY
The South Pacific has been fairly active lately and it looks like that trend will continue for the next couple days. Bottom line is that it looks like plenty of contestable surf for both the HB and Lowers portions of the contest, with potential for fairly solid surf during the last couple days at Lowers.

For June 19th-20th in Huntington Beach, we’ll have a combo of straight south swells running; the tail end of one, fading south swell (~180 degrees) that will have peaked earlier in the previous week and some small, new reinforcing south swell from the same direction. This is a great swell direction for HB, free of any island shadowing, and very contestable surf in the 3-4′ range (waist-shoulder) looks likely, with a few larger sets still showing.

For June 22nd-25th at Lower Trestles, a succession of southwest swells (210-220 degrees) look likely. The first couple days look relatively small, but also very contestable, with more surf in the waist-shoulder high range. Larger surf in the head high+++ range could potentially line up for the 24th-25th.

Both of these southwest swells are still very dependent on how the storms behave near New Zealand over the next few days but the good news is that this is a great swell direction for Lowers and the surf could be really fun the last couple days of the holding period if the storms behave as currently forecast. We’ll have a more concrete idea on this later this week.

Next update: Friday afternoon, June 17

-The Surfline Forecast Team

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