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    Cape Hatteras Surf Report Always Wrong

    Maybe it's just me, but why is the Cape Hatteras surf report on here always overcalled. Even when the buoy is reading 0.7 at 11 seconds, it says its 4-5 feet. Today is looks there is no swell, really just some wind chop at 5 seconds and they say its 3 feet plus. I've looked at the pictures many days and it looks knee high when they are calling it 4 - 5 feet. Has anyone else noticed this? The surf is good there, but they are making it seem as consistent as the West Coast.

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    motivated to surf, I saw some pictures taken yesterday by MM at the "new inlet" just north of rodanthe. It was about 4-5 feet on the face, although the forecast said 1-2 and short period. The other day I checked the report and low and behold Frisco is head high and dumping. Who knew? On the same note the wind might blow the wrong way 99% of a swell and nobody gets a single wave on a "sure thing" swell. Just saying the place is a fickle mistress. I totally whole heartedly believe there is a 3+ ft wave down there somewhere, right now.

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    Without being too specific, there is one surf shop report, north of where your talking about, with a name that might remind you of a Toyota car brand, that over-reports pretty spectacularly. Its one thing to call it 4 foot and fun almost every day. But when you post pictures of two foot slop and still call it four foot and fun, its pretty pathetic, and obvious your trying to get people to drive down from Virginia Beach.

    Does this look to you like "Stoke Factor: Fun! paddle out" kind of conditions?

    Last edited by scotty; Jun 29, 2012 at 06:46 PM.

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    Yes, my point exactly. They say 4 -5 feet but the pictures they post are ankles slappers or knee high.

  5. Swells on the east coast change by the minute. I started doing a report up here for RI every single morning, taking pictures, and pretty much just posting what I saw. The number of complaints I have received saying I overcalled it has been increasing as the site gets more traffic, but for those of you that check multiple spots every day, you will understand that its impossible to make a general report that covers every spot. Its even more difficult up here because we have a number of different styles of breaks, each with their own direction and wind characteristics, and I cannot tell you how many times I have checked one spot that is nearly unridable and 2 miles down the road its super fun. My advice is watch the forecast for some general knowledge of the swell coming, then go drive around. Getting skunked happens, sack up and deal with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfingwasteland View Post
    Swells on the east coast change by the minute. I started doing a report up here for RI every single morning, taking pictures, and pretty much just posting what I saw. The number of complaints I have received saying I overcalled it has been increasing as the site gets more traffic, but for those of you that check multiple spots every day, you will understand that its impossible to make a general report that covers every spot. Its even more difficult up here because we have a number of different styles of breaks, each with their own direction and wind characteristics, and I cannot tell you how many times I have checked one spot that is nearly unridable and 2 miles down the road its super fun. My advice is watch the forecast for some general knowledge of the swell coming, then go drive around. Getting skunked happens, sack up and deal with it.
    Exactly..........I did a surf report for my local break and within 10 mins the wind shifted and the surf dropped to half what I reported. You dont know till you go...........

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    Yea the report for EI always changes too, bit of a extreme angle helps things change so fast I think, I check swellinfo and my local surfcam to kinda figure out what the best time to go out is.