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Old 04-20-2017, 11:35 AM   #1
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Default Where do you draw the line surf launching?

What wave height do you make the decision to stay home in? If you are watching the forecast all week what is the limit for you?

I am either hitting the pier or going out on Sat am. Forecast is 1-2 feet surf and I usually dont go out if its much over 1. But i really dont want to go to the pier.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:56 AM   #2
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My metrics are:
Surf (waves by the beach) less than 3 feet, even 2 to three feet discourages me sometimes.
Swell less than three feet. Also, swell period (the time between waves) should be at least two to three times wave height. So if you have 2 foot waves you want a wave period of at least 5-6 seconds.

I also want wind speeds under 10mph, but I've noticed that forecasts of this can be way off and its usually calm in the morning for a few hours

just add water likes this.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:07 PM   #3
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1-2 is generally pretty good, but period between waves is pretty significant to consider as it the general weather forecast. May depend on your boat and how stable and also your preference or discomfort. 1-2 would not likely discourage me unless the rest of the weather was complete crap. Go out and look at the water when the time comes, you will know. If you see a lot of white caps, nasty chop, or big swells....don't go.
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