Just saying. Asinine way to measure a wave. Thank god the people around here don't give a surf report like that. How exactly can you see the back of a wave from the beach anyway? Dumbest **** I've ever heard.
These measurements aren't based on how an actual wave measures to you, but the heights are for a dude standing next to a wall and transferring these heights to waves.
1 foot.........Knee high
2 foot.........thigh to waist high
3 foot..........chest high
4 foot.......... a foot bigger than chest high
5 foot.......... head high(actually like 12 inches bigger than a 72 inch male)
6 foot.......... a foot bigger than head high......look at your house....look at your doors......aboot the height of the door frame thing,
8 foot(don't ever say 7 foot) getting sizeable, a couple feet overhead.......again look at your house, see where the wall meets the ceiling....that's 8 foot.....you people with high ceilings piss-off
Anything bigger, besides New England point breaks, is victory at sea, wildly out of control conditions.....
Once a decade a few beachbreaks will hold a 12+ swell...........Very rare.
These measurements are consistent with 25 years of reading Californian surf mags, Greg "Grog" Masanko's Grog's Surf Palace Surf Report, Mr. John's Surf Unlimited Surf Report, and Surfers Supplies Surf Report.
This is the correct way. And y'all will use it.
the reports use buoy data. 2-3 ft at short period is actually 2-3 feet. 2-3 ft swell hitting the islands at 18+ seconds is about head high. So yes, and no. That front of the wave vs back of the wave nonsense is just people trying to justify not knowing what they are talking about.
these "scales" and their cute summer pro tag names dont evne matter. just surf and do it well.
Benny "dude how were the waves"
War CHild "they were awsome. head high island scale"
Benny "so like waist high eastern seaboard scale"
War Child "nah mayne head high island scale would be waist high western scale or thigh high eastern seaboard scale."
Benny "gopro footage or it didnt happen."