Well, my sources are multiple. Mainly LOLA (Surfline) readings. Not forecats, but actual daily reports. Also, I checked the Seasonal Surf data from magicseaweed.
I basically use the same criteria as them. Over 2-3 feet (surf height, not swell height) in 7 second periods or longer. That, by my hypethetical definition, is a surfable day.
So, while WB faces a compeltely different angle, I guess they are out of the question. And DE was not in the question. I was speaking of OC MD (Inlet to 48th st) area and VB from Sanbridge to 1st street.
Just the two generally populated areas.
So, it sounds like although VB catches some randomly recordable windwswell etc that gets records as 2-3 feet of surf....
But again, I didn't mean, which waves are better, or more powerful....
I mean, a 2-3 foot mush ball and a 2-3 foot barrel are in the same category for this questions.
I just meant, overall, since 2 foot mush IS surfable, and 3 foot barrels are too, but when you add up every day that was waist high or bigger, all year....
My info gave VB a slight advantage, saying that about 22% of the time, there is a ridable windswell wave in VB, where OC MD was about 19%, not much different, but 3% is a big difference... Annually that is. I mean, obviously fall and winter can me in the 25%-40% of the time range, while summer months can be 7%-15%, so average that all up, for the entire year...
I mean, I know OC MD guys always claim hollower surf, while VB always reps the short distance to OBX
But my question was, If you had to surf 1st street in VB, and only there, all year. Or OC MD (48th st), all year, and only there...
Wow. Thanks for the info guys. This is just an over all curiousity question. Like I said, I grew up surfing OC MD in the summer/fall my whole life. I have only surfed VB once. I just noticed how on some swells, it looked like VB got some more juice over the years, but every time I have EVER asked anything remotely like this, I get the answer that OC MD has more waves. Period.
Again, just curious, not trying to hurt any feelings in either place.
If you were checking station 44014 for vb, you are not getting an accurate read. It sits out far enough that south/southwest wind swell is showing that is completely shadowed by the obx for vb. When there's good solid swell from atlantic low / NEer / Hurricane both places will get swell, for those other 80% of the "surfable" days, they are coming from straight s/sw wind fetch that misses vb completely. That's OC's advantage, it picks up these swells very well.
Even locally Delaware will hardly ever show these swells, it will be knee high at best while OC will be peaking stomach to chest.
Hypothetically 2-3ft or more with a 7 second period would be great in VB. It is frequently that or better, but the N and NW wind constantly has everything blown out and it is always choppy, especially in the winter months when those conditions would occur with more frequency. I think you need to factor into your results the fact that maybe 20% of the time those conditions occur it is actually surfable. But God do I wish those results reflected reality.
True enough,..I guess I am thinking of it as a quick trip north for me as opposed to another trip south for you.
Either way DelMarVa does have just enough options to expand our session/swell windows.
I stay put most of the time, OC gives the goods on average, but it sure is nice to be able to get in those day before and day after by knowing the setup and what will work and when.
I do not see those options available in VB, is this correct?
VB faces ENE at all spots, so we're sideshore any time the wind is angled NNW and all points east.
You can get different effects at different spots, though. First Street and Croatan have jetties on either side of Rudee Inlet, which cuts down chop if the wind is northerly (Croatan) or southerly (First Street), so the matchup game can be played on a smaller scale. There are a lot of different type of beachbreaks scattered throughout, as well as two piers (15th Street and Little Island in Sandbridge).
Our problem also is that the continental shelf is massive down here. We're tucked the furthest west of the seaboard north of NC, so swells travel over shallower water longer before reaching our sandbars, draining the waves of the power points north and south get...
Every time I've headed north, I've surfed on AI in VA, and it was better than VB was on the same day. So I would say the Delmarva is more consistent. Wouldn't know about WB.