Taking my SOT into the waves for the first time tomorrow. No big surf here in Fort Lauderdale right now so I dont expect the launch to be an issue. I would however like to practice surfing.
My question, I guess, is more of a general surfing question.
Is there a prefered tide?
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Posted by: CapeFear on Dec-28-12 12:01 PM (EST)
It depends on the shape/depth/slope/etc of the beach, and how different wave/swell heights and speeds interact with it. At high tide green waves could be setting up nicely for a stretch, where at low tide they're breaking right away. Or at low tide you could have good waves forming for a stretch, where at high tide there's nothing until they rise suddenly and dump right on the shore line. Different tide levels can be preferable on different days.
Posted by: seadart on Dec-28-12 6:45 PM (EST)
as above. For beach breaks a rising tide if the beach is not real steep is usually better. For points and jetties this is also true, but can be quite variable.
And don't stand b/w the shore and kayak|
Posted by: Kocho on Dec-29-12 10:11 AM (EST)
In the break zone, don't stand between the shore and the kayak... since you mentioned it will be your first time surfing. I'll let "real surfers" advise further if you ask for it -;)
Posted by: jbernard on Dec-29-12 10:25 AM (EST)
"Best tide for surfing?"
Posted by: thegoose on Dec-31-12 9:11 AM (EST)
thanks for the comentary and advice. Got out on Saturday, spent several hours, didnt get caught between the boat and the beach and actually caught a couple of waves. can't wait to get out again.
Posted by: clydehedlund on Dec-31-12 11:21 AM (EST)
When it comes to surfing downwind my kayaks and canoes out in the open ocean. The runs are faster and steeper. For shorebreak stuff, use a surfboard or boogey board, for they are designed specifically for that activity if you're not using a waveski?
tides for surfing|
Posted by: ppine on Dec-31-12 2:53 PM (EST)
How about the tidal bore near Anchorage? Or Deception Pass, WA on the ebb?
check magicseaweedcom or surfline.com|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Dec-31-12 7:28 PM (EST)
both have descriptions of MANY surf locaitons that include among other things the best tide for that location. They often also have the best wind direction and best surf heights.