The best surf forecasting books
Modern swell forecasts are accurate surf reports. If you're willing to know when and where you should head for the surf sessions of a lifetime, it's important to consult wave height forecasts, wind speed and direction analysis and wave period charts.
Today, you can learn how to forecast great surfing conditions for your region. In a couple of days, and with a couple of surf forecasting books, you are able to make your own maritime forecast.
Low and high pressure systems, wind force, fetch, tides, shoaling, refraction, water temperatures, swell decay, steepness, trough, wavelength and bathymetry are some of the surf forecasting concepts that can be easily learned after reading these surf and weather books.
"The Wetsand Wavecast Guide to Surf Forecasting" is one of the most well-written surf science books. The author, Nathan Todd Cool, shows how you can make surf forecasts with simple calculations and free publicly available data.
"Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing", by Tony Butt, Paul Russell
and Rick Grigg
, will help surfers to predict surf. Where do waves come from? What makes everyone different? Why do some peel nicely and others just close out? These questions are raised and answered in this surf forecasting book.
"The Surfer's Guide To Waves, Coasts And Climates", by Tony Butt, presents and explains the most relevant surf variables. Coastal geology, climate and big waves, coastal intervention and the planet cyclones and tsunamis get great answers.
The "Weather Forecasting Handbook", by Tim Vasquez, is one of the most complete global weather books. It fills the gap between novice and advanced books. Get the complete overview about wind and wave forecasts.
"Instant Wind Forecasting", by Alan Watts, is a must-have surf science book for windsurfers and kitesurfers, but also for surfers and bodyboards. Wind is responsible for making waves and this quick reference guide helps making meaningful predictions based on the look of the sky and the feel of the day.
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The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau and the Billabong Monster Tow-in Surf Session will not be run in 2012. The big wave surf contests demand a solid day of 20-foot-plus waves at Waimea Bay (Hawaii) and Mullaghmore Head (Ireland), but it didn't happen in the holding period. The last Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau was last held in December of 2009 and it was won by California's Greg Long. "As much as we'd like to see this dedication run every year, the event is committed to meeting...
The Museum of British Surfing will open the doors for the first time in Braunton, England, on the 6th April 2012. The inaugural exhibition is "The Art of Surf" and will showcase 200 years of art in surfing from the sketches of early explorers through to works by contemporary British surfing artists. Conrad Shawcross, Ben Cook
, Mark Haywood
, Al Lindsay and Maria Rivans
are some of the modern artists featured in the surf exhibition. "Explorers and early travellers drew surfers, surfers...
Roberto Ricci Designs (RRD) has launched a new kite board specially designed for racing. The K-Race 70 LTD brings totally new parameters in the equation of functionality and efficiency and puts the stick a little higher when the wind is light. "Planing with 6 knots of wind and reaching upwind speed of 12-14 knots and downwind speed of 25-27 knots is no longer a dream. We have worked very closely with the help of French rider Julien Kerneur, the current PKRA Racing ranking world leader, to...
Aaron Hadlow has suffered a knee injury, while shooting for a new short movie, in the beginning of February. The British kiteboarding magician has hit a kicker and went for a sizeable "Mobe 5". He landed a little over the front and collapsed his right knee. "I was shooting for the RedBull Media House with a Phantom Camera. We were stepping up the level with some 2500 frames per second super slow motion action", explains Aaron Hadlow. "Kiteboarding has become more and more technical as the...
Sarah Hebert has already completed one third of the Atlantic Ocean windsurf crossing. The French sailor is en route to Guadeloupe
, in the Caribbean Sea
, at high speed and getting the most out of the trade winds. Cape Verde is well behind her back. The transatlantic journey is going very well. In fact, Hebert is preparing her windsurf equipment to the minimum detail, every morning. She has been suffering a bit with the constant swell shock on her knees, but the pace is just great. Sarah...
has claimed the Island Style Classic Windsurfing Regatta 2012, held at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, in Florida. The ninth edition of the windsurfing event run by Laurel Kaiser
saw close to 50 sailors testing their racing skills in Formula, Sports Formula and Kona fleet. "I had never been to the event or the West Coast of Florida before and since I was in Miami
early for the Calema Midwinters, I talked to Ron Kern and he convinced me to head up to Sarasota", explains...
The 2012 IBA Australasia Rebel Sport Pro Tour has announced several new features for the 2012 bodyboarding season and the calendar of events. Minimum prizemoneys have been raised and points simplified to make everything easier to understand. "The 2012 Rebel Sport Pro Tour will mark a new era in competitive bodyboarding within Australasia. The prizemoney minimum has been at $3000 for 5 years, so we have lifted that and created a simple 1-3 Star ranking system that will make it easy for...
The Bodyboarder International Association
(BIA) has announced the 2012 BIA Tour dates. California's iconic bodyboarding competition will kick off at the Manhattan Beach
, Los Angeles, on the 17th March. The 2012 BIA Tour is a very popular contest and has been a ramp to national and international stages. Many Californian riders start competing at the Amateur divisions and then move up to higher levels. The 16th bodyboarding season of the BIA Tour will then move to the Seaside Reef, in San...
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