Surf Forecast

Finisterre Surf forecast 21st July 2014.

Finally a small pulse of swell for middle part of week, sunny and light offshores, so fill your boots.

General situation: Low (996mb) mid Atlantic moves slowly east, then north, filling as it does. High (1024mb) Bay of Biscay moves North over UK.

Another warm one down here, with a gentle NW wind and surf is as it has been for a while, small 0-1ft. Water is super warm though, and any squeaky longboard sessions have been boardies only. Looks like the warm weather is set to stay all week, with light E winds from Tuesday pm. Swell should start to pulse through late Tuesday, slowly building 1-2ft, peaking on Wednesday midday at 2-3ft for the open beaches of the North Coast. Winds light easterly, wall to wall sunshine and morning/evening low tides making it good for pre/post work (if you haven’t called in that extra day off). Still clean 1-2ft left on Thursday am, before swell fades away again, so make the most of it, it’s what summer is about.

Low tides 8am/8pm, moving off neaps.

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SINCE FEBRUARY 2003….

My first ever forecast was back in February 2003 when it was one of the 3 pages of our website – in my bedroom above the surf shop in Aggie. I update it (when I can!) Monday and Thursday am. I feel proud that it’s still part of the brand today.

It mainly focuses on the SW and won’t tell you to go this or that beach at this or that time. It’s more of a general overview of how I think things will pan out over the outlook period and what that means for us surfers on these shores…sometimes it’s awesome and sometimes it sucks, but often just good to get in.

There’s a bunch of links below that I find most useful. For me, reading the pressure charts has always been step 1 – goes back to the old days when all you had was the weather after the BBC news to make the call about a trip. That was 4 seconds you had to see what kind of systems were heading our way, before Michael Fish got in the way! You had to really understand and read the charts. In fact, our first advert was a met office chart for the best surf conditions for the South West UK. I went to the Met Office and scanned through 10 years of archive charts to find this one! The whole thinking was that if you knew charts and understood what this meant, you’d get the ad and get the commitment behind Finisterre and what it is we do.

In this day and age where there is so much info out there, the best swells are still the unexpected ones….every now and then they’ll sneak in and catch everyone off guard….

Best for wave buoys

Windguru – this is the one that updates live

Best for charts, making your own wind readings and swell orientation

Met office charts

Good friend Des at Constantine Bay does the best daily report that I know….

Thanks to Magicseaweed for the use of the embed above.


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4 Responses to “Surf Forecast”
  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the share!
    Nancy.R

  2. I must say your blog is outstanding! I will undoubtedly can be found back again again!

  3. I such as this article very much, wish you can write much more about this.

  4. Mand says:

    Hi, thank you for doing the forecast the last nine years. I started to follow it during the last year and looked at the metoffice charts accompanying, retracing what you were writing. I learned a lot by doing that. Would be great to see your first chart related advert that you mentioned in the text above. Thanks for sharing your knowledge

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