Surf Report, 3/2/2014

posted: March 2nd, 2014 14:42 pm | 1Comment

By Bennie Seybold, Special to Corona del Mar Today

On Friday of this week, a massive storm swell from the West hit Corona del Mar that was accompanied by strong winds and lots of rain. On Friday afternoon, the waves were 2-3 feet, but the winds created chop that made the waves unridable. On Saturday morning, the waves picked up through the day from 3-4 feet to 5-6 feet. There was a strong south wind that slowly eased throughout the day. On Sunday, the waves had nice shape and were 3-5 feet.

Standout Breaks

El Morro: El Morro saw some great conditions on Saturday and Sunday. The waves were breaking off the rocks at the south side of El Morro making for fun, long rides. The waves were barreling even with the heavy winds midday Saturday.

Forecast

The storm swell will continue through Monday and a new WNW swell will hit late Tuesday producing 3-5 foot waves through Saturday. The winds are expected to shift to offshore starting Monday making for epic conditions.


Surf Report, 12/22/2013

posted: December 22nd, 2013 16:06 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold, special to Corona del Mar Today

Where to Surf During Christmas Break

Because CDM is located right next to the peninsula (one of the best surf spots in the world), it is usually overlooked by your typical Newport Beach surfer. What people don’t know about CdM is that it actually accepts winter swells better than the peninsula does. Spots like El Morro and Scotchman’s can be really peaky and hollow on NW and WNW swells that usually hit our beaches during the winter. The waves look promising over the next two weeks with both NW and WNW swells coming in. The waves should be consistently 2-3ft at standout spots and may pick up to 3-4ft after New Years. So if you’re planning on surfing over the break and want to avoid the crowds, head down to El Morro or Scotchman’s for some peaky, epic waves.


Surf Report, 12/1/2013

posted: December 1st, 2013 14:48 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Sebyold

Almost all of the surf breaks in Corona del Mar are very safe and offer fun waves that can be ridden by people of all skill levels. There is one though that some say is as dangerous as the Wedge — Scotchman’s.

Scotchman’s is located next to off of Scotchman’s Cove in Crystal Cove. The reason that Scotchman’s is so dangerous is because the only thing separating you from the jagged, rocky reef below is 3 to 4 feet of water. Surprisingly, this surf break isn’t that well known to the typical Newport Beach surfer because not many people are daring enough to ride it. Depending on the magnitude of the swell, Scotchman’s can either be barreling or slightly crumbly. Scotsman’s is best during a South swell and can be ridden on a long or short board. If you are an adrenaline junkie and a South swell hits CdM, be sure to check out Scotchman’s for some of the best waves in CdM.


Surf Report, 11/3/2013

posted: November 3rd, 2013 16:28 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold

Best Surf Breaks in CdM

Newport Beach is known around the world as one of the best surf spots for both beginners and pros.

Because of the attention that Newport receives, people tend to overlook the many surf spots that Corona del Mar has to offer. One of the best is The Point at El Morro. When a combination swell hits CdM, the waves slightly refract off of the cliff face and create a perfect, barreling left. El Morro also offers a couple other peaky breaks along the beach that are great for bodysurfing, body boarding, and surfing. Another epic but dangerous break in CdM is Reef Point. This break is also in Crystal Cove and is a sketchy reef break. When a South swell and North swell combine, this spot offers a long, steep left. The only problem is that under the water is a rocky, jagged reef. Make one mistake and you and your board could be broken!


Surf Report, 10/6/2013

posted: October 6th, 2013 15:43 pm | 1Comment

By Bennie Seybold

Swells

A really nice sized, long period SSW swell and a small NW wind swell hit Corona del Mar on Wednesday. The swell topped out over the weekend and the waves were about 4-6ft.

Water Temperature and Weather

The water this week has been a warm 68 degrees. On Friday and Saturday, the Santa Ana winds hit all of Newport. The Santa Ana winds blow off-shore, and off-shore winds make the waves very hollow and clean. Saturday morning was insanely windy, but the waves were amazing.

Stand Out Breaks for this Week

El Morro: The large SSW swell combined with the insane off shore winds made for an epic couple of days at El Morro. There were perfect, hollow lefts coming off of the rocks and the wave shape was nice all the way down the beach.

Forecast

In the beginning of next week, the waves are going to be pretty small because the SSW swell is fading. On Friday, a new, long period SSW swell will move in and produce good-sized waves over the weekend.


Surf Report, 9/15/2013

posted: September 15th, 2013 22:14 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold

Swells

The waves this week FINALLY picked up. A nice sized SW swell moved in on Thursday and produced 3-5ft waves on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the waves were1-3ft as the SW swell began to die down.

Water Temperature and Weather

This week has been a strange week for weather. On most days, there was thick fog over the ocean in the morning that made for cold and sketchy conditions. The water temperature was about 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stand Out Breaks for this Week

El Morro: On Friday and Saturday the waves at El Morro were hollow and clean but a bit walled. They were perfect for getting little barrels and on Friday, the waves were breaking off of the rocks.

Forecast

As the SW swell fades into this coming week, a new NW wind swell will hit early on Monday. On Tuesday, a nice sized S-SSE swell will hit and will carry on through Saturday.


Surf Report, 8/25/2013

posted: August 25th, 2013 16:37 pm | 0No Comments

By Bennie Seybold

Swells

For the third consecutive week, there haven’t been much of any waves in CdM. Late this week, a small SSW swell came in producing 1-3ft waves on Saturday and Sunday but other than that… nothing.

Water Temperature and Weather

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter… The water has cooled down to a chilly 65 degrees. There was a pretty thick marine layer for most of the week. The sun poked out in the afternoon a couple of days. The temperature stayed around 71 degrees.

Forecast

Again, the waves look they aren’t going to be too strong next week. A small, faint SSW swell will carry on throughout the week and will mix with a weak NW swell.

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Surf Report, 8/18/2013

posted: August 18th, 2013 17:17 pm | 1Comment

By Bennie Seybold

Swells

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of a swell this week. There was a slight SW swell in the beginning of the week that produced 1-2ft waves but other than that, it has been basically flat.

Water Temperature and Weather

This week, the water temperature warmed up to 67 degrees, which is pretty warm compared to the past couple of weeks. The wind this week has been pretty calm and the sun has poked through the marine layer mostly in the afternoon.

Forecast

The waves this coming week don’t look too promising. NW wind swell energy will mix with very faint south swells producing 1-2ft waves.

What to Do When There Aren’t Any Waves: Week #6

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is an exhilarating, fairly easy way to have tons of fun when there aren’t any waves. If you have never wakeboarded before and already know how to surf, learning how should be quick and seemingly effortless. Wakeboarding is a sport that is a lot like waterskiing. The only difference is that you are on a board instead of skis. CdM’s coastline is perfect for wakeboarding. The ideal conditions for wakeboarding are a windless day with very calm seas. To see a video of professional wakeboarders, click here.


Surf Report, 8/11/2013

posted: August 11th, 2013 16:33 pm | 0No Comments

Surf report columnist Bennie Seybold is on vacation. His column will resume next week.


Surf Report, 8/4/2013

posted: August 4th, 2013 13:20 pm | 0No Comments


By Bennie Seybold

Swells

On Tuesday, a decently sized SSW hit CdM and peaked on Wednesday producing 3-4ft+. This SSW continued through Friday producing 2-3ft waves. On Saturday, the SSW swell continued and the waves were 1-2ft.

Standout Breaks for this Week

El Morro: On Wednesday and Thursday, El Morro was not only pretty big, but the conditions were great. The waves averaged about 4 feet and were pretty hollow. The SSW made for fairly peaky conditions at certain spots.

Water Temperature and Weather

The water this week has hovered around 64°F which is pretty cold for the summer time. This cold water temperature combined with the early morning overcast conditions CdM saw this week can make for a pretty chilly surf session so make sure to bring a wetsuit.

Forecast

On Monday and Tuesday of this coming week, there will be a small SW swell that will produce 1-3ft waves. On Thursday, a new, fairly large SW swell will come in late potentially making for some fun waves over the weekend.