I know that by saying this I open myself up to the ridicule of my forum peers, but in all honesty, I don't really like it when it is blowing super hard offshore (20mph or more). Maybe I'm getting old and slow. Maybe because I ride a larger board (perhaps as a result of being old and slow) I have some trouble getting into the wave when conditions are large and hard offshore. I have had the wind blow the nose over the back of the wave. I have had the fin catch in the barrel and do an el rollo. I love the feeling of looking down at my board and realizing that I am actually looking UP.
Getting a barrel is great. But getting smushed when it closes out on your head gets old after a while. Of course hooking up on that magic wave that scares the hell out of you and you can finish cleanly is a wonderful thing. I guess you just gotta take your lumps on a few closeouts until the stars align and that magic ride comes along.
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Thread: strong offshore winds
Oct 13, 2011, 03:37 PM
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agree that strong winds blowing water in your face kind of sucks.
\nGoing back to difference between surfline and swellinfo forecast, i get that surfline incorporates far more into their forecast than just wind direction (which is primarily what swellinfo goes by)
\nSurfline takes into consideration wind, swell direction, swell period and size. However, as i think i said above surfline shows winds in the red for saturday in NJ as well as offshore. So its taking into account the strength of those winds and saying they will have a negative impact on conditions. I guess Sean Collins doesnt like barrels and may or may not ride a longboard which will get blown back up the face of the wave?
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Swellinfo includes all of that data into their forecasts as well. The difference is swellinfo doesnt make a judgement call as to whether or not the conditions will be good, fair, etc.
Look at the wind forecast all over their site... it's the same color regardless of direction. I'm guessing the reason they are giving saturday a poor rating is mainly due to the size of the swell only being 2-3 ft. Compare that to tomorrow which they are calling "fair". Bigger swell, but sideshore winds at about the same speed.
Another thing to keep in mind... the forecast is for the whole state of NJ, WSW winds are not offshore everywhere.
Last edited by brek; Oct 13, 2011 at 05:53 PM.
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I think it depends on you break as well...when it is blowing 20+ offshore where i surf you tend to get a ton of close outs. My favorite would be winds offshore from 5-10 mph.
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strong offshore winds
obviously surf is best with offshore winds, but what about when the wind is offshore but gusting and consistently in the 20 MPH range. For example saturday's forecast in NJ is calling for a bit of swell and 20MPH generally offshore winds.
On Swellinfo that puts us in the Green i.s. clean conditions. However, surfline forecast is poor to fair and the wind chart is in the red.
anyone have an opinion or insight what consitutes too much offshore wind?