THINK OUTSIDE THE SQUARE – STAY INSIDE THE CIRCLE
With so much talk about flat spells and swell droughts over the last couple of weeks, it is easy to forget that certain spots on the East coast are more exposed than others. Why are we telling you this?
Well this picture is of Hugo and it was shot recently when most breaks were dead flat. Sometimes you just need to think out of the square, do some searching and perhaps have some clever luck on your side.
You might be surprised with what you’ll find.
I’m pretty sure that everyone looks out the window, checks Coastal watch on a regular basis or clicks on their Hurley app several times a day trying to make time to surf in the midst of our hectic day-to-day lifestyles.
Experience, a sense of adventure, drama and good timing can be assisted by learning the basics of reading a weather map or swell chart as these will become your trusted friends ultimately leading you to the next unforgettable wave.
Primitive Surf has put together some useful resources that can help you make an informed choice when getting out there.
“Understanding what the forecasts mean is the key to being at the right place at the right time.” Using various forecasting tools it is possible to find waves outside your favourite “local” break. Key things to look for being swell direction, swell period and wind strength and direction. Paying good attention to these key elements will stand you in good stead to get the best waves that are on offer.
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Who ever thought such a place existed? This place gives real-time wave height info from a buoy that also monitors sea surface temperatures. On occasion the forecasts are not 100% correct so looking at live reads of swell direction, period and size can help you make a more informed decision on where to go wave hunting.
Bureau of Meteorology
Interactive Weather and Wave Forecast Maps
These weather maps are produced from computer models and are used by forecasters to develop the official weather maps, which contain added features such as cold fronts.