ok so i'm a noobie when it comes to this stuff, and i'm probably gonna get some harsh comments back, but what makes the best waves for us here in the Mid Atlantic? is it the offshore winds, or onshore? and when the arrows on the map are pointing towards land those are onshore? I'm pretty sure NW winds are what kill the surf conditions here in VB but thats about all i know.
sorry, i'm just trying to figure it out so i can start making long term guesstimates about the upcoming days. and actually be able to hold a full conversation without sounding like a dum dum
The tutorials link at the top of the page are a good place to start. Then move on to some of the good surfing books out there that cover topics such as surf forecasting, winds, tides, how waves develop... Then you will be ready to graduate to the wave forecasting classic by Willard Bascom.
ahhhh gotcha. cool than thanks NJ, that's that i was looking for.
so now since i'm in VB and we have a NE facing beach, the SW winds would be the best for us, and N/NE winds would mess up the surf?
Another factor you must consider is swell direction. VB being a NE facing beach, you want your swells coming from somewhere between East and a North Swell(I think) but a dead on North East swell wouldn't be good because the waves will hit the Sandbars straight on and create closeouts. You want the swell to come on an angle to form the perfect breaking waves.