I have started keeping a Surf Log documenting the conditions and details of my sesh every time I go out. Lots of the information I can gather myself while in the water, but I'm looking to get more specifics. I use three different websites but all three mostly show what the predicted conditions are for the day, when I really want the measured or actual observed conditions for the time(s) I was out.
I record wave height, swell direction, wind speed and direction, water/air temps among other things. There's gotta be more of you out there that keep some type of record of your sessions. What do you make notes of? Where do you get your reported information? And how has it helped you?
If there is a post already about this, please steer me to it, I couldn't find one. Any help is much appreciated!
I used to do it a lot and need to get back into it especially when I travel. I have a simple form I fill out with date, time, tide, conditions and location. I also note who I'm surfing with including anyone I met in the water. I look back at this years later more than anything for the nostalgia. I make notes that include wildlife seen, parking issues (if any), mishaps and a short descrioption of the best wave of the session. It really only takes a few minutes before driving away. If I don't do it at the beach I usually forget about it. I think it improves my surfing and I'm glad you brought it up to remind me to get back at it! THX
Yeah, I'm a huge nerd. I have logged standout sessions from the last few years. You can find the historical data on your local buoy by digging through the NDBC website (for example, if you're looking for the readings on a hurricane that rolled through a few years ago). The buoys also have the last 24 hrs or so on the page with current conditions.
The log helps, no doubt, especially for inlanders like myself who have 10 different surf spots all within an hour drive and cant remember which combo of wind, tides, period, etc need to line up for each spot to turn on.
Mainly though, it helps remember good sessions with certain friends and that occasional awesome ride.
This thread just reminded me to add yesterdays session to the log.