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asked in category: General Last Updated: 8th April, 2020

Is it better to surf at high tide?

Some spots are best when the tide is full on high or low (depending on the spot). However, too high of a tide for most spots will swamp the surf out (fat/slow/mushy), with the waves breaking more onto themselves rather than top to bottom. Too low a tide may drain things out (suck the life out of the swell).

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Then, how does Tide affect surfing?

Tide and Surfing If the tide is too high and rising, each successive wave will push higher, while if the tide is high and falling, the energy in the waves will decrease with each wave. As the tide approaches low tide, the waves will be less powerful and flat.

Also, what is the best time of day to surf? The best time of day to surf is generally in the early morning (around sunrise) and in the late evening (around sunset) when there is swell in the water.

Similarly, does high tide mean bigger waves?

During high tide, waves generally have more water in between them and the bottom. During an incoming tide (low to high) you may hear the term High Tide push. This is when waves tend to become larger and more powerful with the added "push” from the incoming tide.

What are the best conditions for surfing?

Offshore winds are ideal for surfing because the groom the waves surface and can result in a barreling wave. Ideal conditions for surfing would include absolutely no wind. This is called glassy conditions, and a surfers dream scenario. However if you do have a little wind, it's not the end of your surfing world.

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