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    Fort Laudy...

    Hi All,

    Fairly new to the site... had a quick question. I know we don't get really big surf here in Broward County, but if there is such a thing, can anyone recommend a decently break around here? I head further up north for the weekends...... ex; off Commercial Blvd, Dania Pier... etc. Which do you find to be the best???

    SM

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    when I lived in lauderdale, we always surfed N 18th st. Anywhere south of the harbour always looked flat...and commercial blvd always looked like crap

    Lauderdale waves are usually short period windslop, but it does get ridable every few weeks...just enough to keep from going completely insane. Less often, crumbly lined up sets will organize from the south, of all places. Least often is hurricane swells and clean north swells. You also have to factor in the tropical climate and gulf stream water clarity...it's all relative.
    Last edited by waterbaby; Aug 12, 2013 at 07:39 PM.

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    Thanks bro... Small stuff, but ride-able is better than nothing. Heading to Cocoa this weekend to not go, "insane". Thanks Waterbaby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    when I lived in lauderdale, we always surfed N 18th st. Anywhere south of the harbour always looked flat...and commercial blvd always looked like crap

    Lauderdale waves are usually short period windslop, but it does get ridable every few weeks...just enough to keep from going completely insane. Less often, crumbly lined up sets will organize from the south, of all places. Least often is hurricane swells and clean north swells. You also have to factor in the tropical climate and gulf stream water clarity...it's all relative.
    I agree with the south swell part, which seems like it would be hard to get there outside of a weird hurricane setup. I went down to Lauderdale one weekend for fun when it was close to flat up in Brevard where I used to live. Got down there and there was a chest-shoulder high south swell out of nowhere. There was a ton of people out surfing too which I didn't expect down there. I chose not to bring my board like an idiot, because I thought it would be flat.

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    yeah, with the islands blocking most everything from the east and south, those south swells are kind of a mystery. There is a small fetch due south between lauderdale and cuba, so I guess some (still warm) low pressure systems pull them up from there. I never paid attention to the forecast, so I never even knew there was a low. Like you said, they're never very big, but they're definitely organized ground swells. They're also so angled that anywhere past the elbow of palm beach probably doesn't even break on them.

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    I used to get some decent waves in Deerfield

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    Surf on the inside of port Everglades on a decent north swell. Closest thing to a point break. Nobody knows people actually Surf on the inside of the inlet except for the boats that see them. Go to north side, find a spot, and walk all the way to the rocks. Make sure.its a north swell, preferrably a refraction swell ( if you've heard of them) and jump on in. It gets good on occasion but mainly good for fish style boards. With a longboard you can almost guarantee to get over 12 sec lefts. I have seen a few sharks, been threatened to be arrested, and almost got sucked out sea on a full moon outgoing.tide
    . So with all that being said, put some time into scoping it out and reading what the wave does under certain conditions....

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    WOW, no kidding Kyle87... I am a beginner surfer, and very interested in learning how to watch the weather, forecast, etc... do you recommend a book, or another way of learning how to do this?