5 Things You Can Do Today To Guarantee You Get Better Waves Tomorrow

10 May 2017 2 Share

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5 Things You Can Do Today To Get Better Waves Tomorrow

Coastalwatch is so much more than just surf cameras. The magnitude and science behind each camera and the forecasting could blow your mind. Luckily we’ve broken down some of the key areas we do really well so that you can find the best waves in the most efficient way possible.

1. GET INTERACTIVE & TRACK SWELL

First stop is the Coastalwatch Wave Tracker tool. It’s seven-day interactive map that provides detailed and colour-coded forecasting of swell, wave period and wind. Basically, it’s a visual representation of where, when, why and how the waves are moving in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean, Tasman and Coral Seas.

If you’re a Coastalwatch Plus member you have exclusive access to drill down into regions and breaks to see exactly how the waves, wind and swell will hit the coastline. It also allows you to view the readings for the offshore virtual buoys. This means you can pinpoint the best spot in the entire Australiasian region to find the best waves tomorrow, or next week.

The Coastalwatch Wave tracker is located under the ‘SURF FORECAST’ tab in the top navigation. (It is not currently available within the Surfstitch Surf Check App.)

Tracking the wave period taking swell to the Indonesian Archipelago in May 2017 on the Coastalwatch Wave Tracker

Tracking the wave period taking swell to the Indonesian Archipelago in May 2017 on the Coastalwatch Wave Tracker

2. EXCLUSIVE ONLINE COACHING JUST FOR YOU

The Coastalwatch Surf Coach is more than just your average online surf coaching video tutorials. It’s hosted by a selection of Australia’s best coaches, advisors and practitioners. Series one by Matt Grainger takes you through some basic manoeuvres, the reasons they might not be working for you and how you can fix the problem.

Series two is hosted by Nick Carroll, who takes you a little deeper into the understanding of how and why you might be having issues with particular areas of your surfing. He then walks you through how to undo the problems, relax and rework with a fresh conception and execution.

There is a new Surf Coach series launched every two months with six episodes in each, so jump on and catch up before your next surf, you’ll be surprised how much it will make a difference from paddling to finding the right position in the lineup.

3. More Than Water Moving

Understanding the tides - There’s a reason surf companies make tide watches. As well as direction and intensity of the wind and swell, each surf breaks’ waves are reactive to the ocean’s tides. Whether the tide is high, low or mid-way can determine the shape of the wave based on the bank or reef it’s breaking and how much water is moving in and out of the break.

Some breaks are more reliant on the tides than others and often it takes a bit of local knowledge or a couple of days watching closely how the break transitions with the movement of each tide and swell to work it out. Combined with the right conditions for a particular break, the right tide can ensure you have an epic session. You can analyse and match up the tides with the forecast swell and winds on the five day (soon to be extended) forecast.

4. Know Before Friday

The Weekend Surf Forecast is the best news you could ever receive on a Thursday. Each week Ben Macartney ensures that all the major Australian regions are covered off in a detailed short-range report. The weekend surf forecast sums up all the conditions between Friday and Sunday so if there’s waves near you you’re set and if there’s nothing on your stretch of coast but it’s pumping and offshore within a cheap flight away, you can look a bit deeper and get ready to go.

Weekends in Western Australia, Photo by Maxswell Photo

Weekends in Western Australia, Photo by Maxswell Photo

5. Be The First To Know

Set yourself up a Swell Alert. This is one of the best ways to guarantee that you don’t miss the perfect conditions for all your favourite spots. It’s one of our favourite features and is so simple to set up. You can set up as many alerts as you like based around the 120 surf camera locations we have around Australia. You can also set up alerts for Indonesia via the virtual buoys.

To get started, sign into your Coastalwatch Plus account on on your desktop, mobile device or app. If on desktop, select your account dropdown on the top right and then pick ‘Alerts’. If using the Surfstitch Surf Check App just tap on the Alerts icon on the bottom navigation.

You’ll need to know the best wind, swell wave conditions for your surf spot to really get the best out of it but you can play around with a couple of different options, read the daily reports on the camera pages and monitor your local beach to get a better understanding of the best conditions for you.

Alerts are sent directly to you as soon as your selected conditions are forecast through our forecast feed. Alerts can be sent to you for free via email or via text for a small additional cost.

Sorted! Five ways you can find and surf better waves. To access all the above exclusives a Coastalwatch Plus membership gives you, start your FREE 15 DAY TRIAL right now.

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The desktop view of setting up a swell alert for Snapper Rocks

The desktop view of setting up a swell alert for Snapper Rocks


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