Today's SurfAssateague.com reports \"Waves are waist to chest high with offshore winds at 13.87 mph resulting in semi-clean conditions. Waves are fun. Get on out there!!\"<br /><br />But Surfinfo reports flat as a pancake, and OCsurfcam.com confirms. Is Assateague that much different from OC? I wouldn't think so...
apples and oranges. Totally different. Assateague has a sand bar and OC does not anymore. Just look at Google early and you can see the difference between allowing a barrier island to drift (in this case inland) and one that is hardened (OC) with consequence of dumpers, etc. Whether that particular forecast is correct I do not know but I use the Swell model for OC to best predict Assateague. To my knowledge surf models do not include bathometric info.
I've never found that site (surfassateague) to be accurate. They've been around forever and I can't believe they base their "surf conditions" off any kind of visual check. I think they just take the wave height from the buoy report. Too many days like today when there is some blown out wind chop and they call it waist hi.
I disagree with the sand bar assessment above. The last few swells I checked Assateague first, ended up bailing on waves there that were hardly breaking, and found conditions better in town. The sand bars come, the sand bars go.
Last edited by mitchell; Nov 10, 2013 at 03:48 PM.
I agree with Mitchell 100%. Surfed in town this last swell at dead low and received a pic from a friend that surfed Assateague at the same time and in town was way better. Usually incoming is best in town and outgoing to low Assateague is better. I chose in town because of the lack of daylight left. Had I had more time I would have chosen Assateague because of the tide. but after seeing the pics Assateague had nothing on in town. "sand bars come and sand bars go" whats true one season changes to the next. I love Assateague and prefer to go there but I go where the waves are best.
I also think there is a difference between the state park and the national park. It seems like these past few years (which is how long I've been back on the east coast surfing delmarva), the bars at state formed closer to the beach than the bars at national. That seemed to translate to state being ridable on small swell while national was flat, and state closing out on bigger swells while national held up. There weren't too many bigger days this past summer/early fall to validate the latter point, but that's what it seemed like.
Rangers have told me that MD will move sand to maintain the dune system so it protects the camping sites and concession area of the state park, while the US Park Service takes a total hands-off approach for the part of AI they manage. Not sure if that has anything at all to do with it.
The last time I surfed AI (maybe a month ago?), it was closeout city at the state park on a 3+ ft day, where it had been pretty fun on a similar sized swell a few weeks earlier. Town was super fun a few days ago on a 2-4 ft calm-to-offshore wind day, around low tide.
Im in my 3/2 with booties. Im comfy but I don't think this will last too much longer. 4/3 will be the better option. some guys are using their hoodies although it seems a bit early for me. hope this helps.
A belated response. We heard all spring and early summer that the sand bars were back in OC. Our view from 57 and 43rd was that it was not so great and on days we were there we found it better at Teague although you had to pick your spot. I am wondering if on those comparison days it wasn't due to the fact that often this fall the wind and swell direction were not the best for Teague. We found NJ to work better on those days. Anyway you guys sound pretty local and we are occaisonals - so will defer and give town more of a look. Care to tell what streets worked best this fall?
The sandbars at Assateague are going, going, gone. Huge ditch and a long paddle is back. No more small swells breaking near the beach. If there is anyone that could be called a local of the Island it would be me, I live right there and work on the Island.