OK, so it can happen, but not as a general rule. I've surfed many a good swell during a full moon phase, including one ill-advised night surfing adventure in your area, Erock if your Wilmington is NC.
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Thread: Flat - Full Moon?
Jul 6, 2012, 06:08 PM
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I agree that there can be an influence from the tidal changes on to currents and the tidal currents can have influence on swells in the nearshore zone... This is why the incoming versus outgoing tides can be quite different. I think this is seen the greatest in coastal areas with inland bay areas, where you see a significant current coming in/out of large bays, such as the Delaware Bay, Chesapeake, New York sound, etc... or small local influences around inlets and river mouths. Other areas, seem to do just as well on a medium tide at outgoing or incoming.
\nSo, with a full moon, you will see a larger tide change and thus greater incoming and outgoing currents. But, if you have very little open ocean swell, its not going to do make much of a difference anyway.
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Jul 5, 2012, 04:10 PM #1Senior Member
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Flat - Full Moon?
Eh, i know this might be really wrong, but does anyone remember the waves actually being good when there's a full moon? All it does is turn everything into a shore break and make the tides more extreme.<br /><br />The bad thing is, it's not just the one day of the full moon, it's the whole week around it. <br />Could be the cause? Because there were some 2-3ft waves yesterday, just unridable.