Hey. Just started back up on surfing again after a few years and stumbled across this site. How accurate are the forecasts? I live about 1 hour from the beach and need to kind of plan ahead (yeah, i know how dumb that sounds). I am also aware that the heights and conditions are also going to vary greatly by beach and break. Just wondering how accurate?
If you know where what swell and wind direction work the bouys wont fail you.
Not true. Buoy's in RI sit nearly 100 miles offshore. It can be 5 feet at 8 seconds out there and flat at the beach as the swell degrades(Yes I know the difference between significant wave height and swell height and direction) If you've been doing this for anytime at all you know how unreliable buoys are here in RI. I've seen 10 feet at 10 seconds give nearly double overhead and other times it's chest high. I've seen 4 foot at 8 seconds be knee high or flat and another time it's chest high. Same break/same swell direction.
Buoys will fail you.
Now if there was a buoy 1 mile off Narragansett coast that would be a very different story.