Cape Fear and the associating sandbars
hi boys and girls, i'm sure everyone up and down the coast has been getting some action these past few days and i'm stoked for ya. i generally check swellinfo out anytime i need solid information/a good laugh/or to kill boredom, and i really feel that this is the #1 site i've found for all of those things in one. just decided to join today as a matter of fact.<br /><br />i did want to point out one thing to the administration and any traveling surfers regarding Southern North Carolina's south facing beaches and our infamous Cape Fear shoals. today, Sunday the 10th your Holden Beach icon was showing potentially chest high waves on the sets. i felt pretty confident that at best we were only going to be seeing waves in the waist high range depending on the local winds. the reason i say that is due to Cape Fear and the miles and miles of shoals that just take a major bite out of any swell that has the word \"east\" in it. E/ESE/SE swells whether they be ground or wind, just get all the potential energy sucked out of them when they have to cross those shoals. that i've been aware of, only storms that are pushing from a S to N course can eek in some of that swell for our area and that's with the swell coming from a more favorable S/to SSE/to by the time it's true SE you can feel the swell dropping out quickly (including Hurricane Sandy). for me and knowing what little bit i know about these things, i would take a 2 to 3 foot SW windswell any day of the week at my beach over a 6 to 8 foot ground/windswell out of the SE. i hear the word east in it, and i think i better be going to Wilmington if i really feel like surfing. in fact to show the true dynamic of it, i was at Bald Head one day earlier in 2012 and the east facing beach was probably chest high and just punchy shorebreak, while you strolled around the Cape to the south beach and it was slick as a lake... you could have went waterskiing that particular day. if i'm remembering correctly, HB was forecast to have decent rideable waves all day long, and it was just completely flat.<br /><br />so in theory the waves should have been close to chest high today, but taking into account those shoals, it just can't ever happen. i sat at the beach (Ocean Isle) from 9am until 10am and i was seeing maybe thigh high one wave sets every 10 minutes this morning. for a longboard, it \"might\" have been fun. might. <br /><br />so anyways, i'm new to this and just wanted to share a little information. i've seen on here where you like to be able to adjust your forecasts when needed so we're all able to be better informed on those rare days the waves get good. i'll shut up now and i really enjoy the site.