Why does the northeast get better waves than the southeast?
Both the northeast and southeast have large continental shelves when you look at Google earth, or satellite view from Google maps (you can even check the depths), I've noticed beaches in the northeast, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, RI and the rest of New England etc. seem to get better, and bigger waves than the southeast (with the exception of Outer Banks, NC). Anyone know why? What's going on here?
Yea I get that, but look at the swell window (or exposure) of most of New England, it doesn't even look that good. Take New Hampshire for example, from the map it seems it should never get waves, clearly that's not the case though, it gets REALLY good up there. Jersey I can kind of see why they get waves, maybe the ocean floor, or some sort of wind/weather pattern thing. I've also seen theory's about New England catching southern Hemisphere swells. If you draw a string around the glob you'll see what I mean. I seriously doubt that's it though.
i beg to differ,did you not see the florida footage from hurricane sandy.we dont get waves like that in the northeast.the eastcoast holds to about 8ft before it starts closing out.average surf from a decent groundswell is head high to maybe a foot overhead(6ft),then u get a screamer coming off the coast and its a washing machine.all depends on the seafloor,winds,and tide.you can get an epic groundswell but without a good sandbar youll have 5ft shorebreak
The Northeast beach breaks has much deeper water. The SE has generally long shallow sloping beach breaks. Here in Jersey especially Central & North Jersey, once you get into the water you go from knee high depth to over head water depth within a few feet. Much more water up here to play with.
One reason is the continental shelf. The dark blue is very deep water, light blue is shallower. The SE has much more continental shelf than NE so the waves and wave energy have more time do dissipate.Capture.JPG
It gets good everywhere at one point or another. Some of those spots you name that can hold really big swell during a hurricane or major low system usually don't come to life until something like that comes along. As far as consistency you won't find a more consistent spot than New Smyrna / Ponce Inlet or the OBX, that's well documented, but if you want heaving barrels than NJ is where it's at. We get barrels down this way too, but it isn't as frequent. Though some claim a lot of mushy waves around here, it's not always the case either, sure there are those days, but mostly I find on a decent day it's usually pretty walled up and punchy. Every dog has it's day though, so it really depends on weather systems, and that can change from year to year.