Forecasting Tutorials
Forecasting Tutorial: Reading Wave Models

Forecasting Tutorial: Reading Wave Models

Gain a deeper understanding into how wave models work and how to read them.

16 May 2014
Surf Forecast Glossary

Surf Forecast Glossary

Keep up to date with the Forecasting lingo.

16 May 2014
Forecasting Tutorial: Air Masses

Forecasting Tutorial: Air Masses

Welcome to our first installment on meteorology basics: Swell is generated by wind and wind is the result of air pressure.

2 15 May 2014
Forecasting Tutorial: Wave Period Explained

Forecasting Tutorial: Wave Period Explained

Coastalwatch's chief swell forecaster, Ben Macartney, scratches beneath the sea surface looking at wave period.

4 Dec 2012
Forecasting Tutorial: Great circles

Forecasting Tutorial: Great circles

Waves and swells in the open sea travel in a straight line in the direction of the wind that created them. A straight line drawn on a sphere linking any two points is known as a great circle.

23 May 2007
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Merewether wins the 2019 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle!

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Ryan Callinan, Jack Freestone, Ethan Ewing and Seth Moniz Shred Mysto Pointbreak

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Mick Signs With Rip Curl For Another Ten Years

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Jack Robbo Just Won The Volcom Pipe Pro!

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Nick Carroll: Newcastle City Council Pulls Back on Plans to Concrete Beach

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These Two Shots Are The Winners of the 2019 Summer Waves Photo Competition

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Last Chance to Win $2400 Worth of Ocean & Earth Goodies!

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Watch: Rip Curl #GromSearch National Final Crowns Its Champs

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Watch: Meet Young Aron Cox, South Coast Charger

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Watch: Ry Craike's Incredible Barrel-Fest Is Must See Surf Viewing

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Watch: Mick Fanning and Jay Davies Shred Fun n Throaty West Aus Roll-Ins

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Watch: Meet Kiwi Shredder Kehu Butler

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Watch: Mason Ho's Christmas Clip Brings The Cheer

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Watch: A Timely Reminder That Jack Robinson Is Absolutely World Class

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REVIEW: Oceans of Inspiration

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Watch: A Stunning Film on a Photographer

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All you Need to Know About Burleigh Single Fin

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Watch: An Autumn Swell To Remember At Nazaré

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Watch: Behind The Scenes with Gabriel Medina | Pipe Masters 2018

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Watch: Kai Garcia Talks to Occy

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Watch: The Tubefest of Desert Point

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Watch: Never Lose Hope; Aritz Aranburu, Natxo Gonzalez And Kepa Acero

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Watch: Vision From XXL Swell That Hawaii - November 26, 2018

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Watch: Best Waves Ever? - The Jamie O'Brien Vlog

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Watch: The Jaws Heat That Was Too Dangerous

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