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How to Read Buoy Reports

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Surfing Classes, Wave information | 0 comments

How to Read Buoy Reports

There’s no doubt that the dawn of the internet-age has affected the sport of surfing immeasurably. Gone are the days of showing up to the beach with little more insight than a coastal flag-pole whipping in the breeze. Today we have constantly updated, highly detailed swell and weather forecasts that tell us everything we want to know about the day’s surf scenario. And of course, if all else fails, we can always log on to the old interweb and check out a live beach camera just to be sure.

But does the modern era of online surf reporting necessarily mean there is no longer a need for surfers to understand, at least on a fundamental level, the interrelated dynamics of weather, wind, and swell? Are buoy reports and swell maps completely outdated? You need only ask a man of the sea – be it a knowledgeable surfer, sailor, or fisherman – to realize the answer is unequivocally no.

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