"The weather outside is terrible and we have strong onshore wind," said Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer, from the protected confines of the athletes' area. "We're looking at better conditions coming, so we're going to elect to take it."
Tune in to Dawn Patrol Thursday at 7:00 a.m. local time for the next call, and watch waves on the go with the new WSL app. Plus, get a preview of conditions at Bells with the latest Surfline Forecast:
SSW windswell mix on the decline. SW groundswell reinforcements build over the afternoon.
Swell/Surf: Mixed swell with still generally sloppy 4-7' faces in the morning. Similar size surf will continue for the later afternoon and evening, although quality improves a bit as the shorter period energy comes down and mid to longer period builds and slowly becomes the dominant source of surf.
Wind/Weather: Easing, but still breezy SSW/S wind 10-15kts for most of the day.
Mid size SW groundswell easing through the day/strongest in the morning. Swell/Surf: Surf quality improves as the windswell decreases to minor leftovers, the groundswell becomes the dominant source of surf and wind is much lighter onshore. We expect to see 4-7' faces with occasional larger sets on the morning low tide up to a couple feet overhead. Wind/Weather: Potential for much lighter wind, although still onshore S 5-8kts in the morning. SSW/SW flow builds in the afternoon 8-13kts.
Decreasing SW groundswell. Swell/Surf: Smaller and less consistent with face size in the 4-5'+ range.
Wind/Weather: Possible light/variable wind early, with light S/SE wind for the late morning and afternoon 5-9kts.