7:10 am: Semi-choppy, small surf on this Thursday morning. Looks about a 1.2 a foot to 1 foot… maybe on occasional 1.5 feet inconsistent set wave. The wind is onshore NE winds at 11-13 knots. You can see wind data here, at the pier. On the East Canaveral Buoy the ground swell measurement is 3.9 feet at 6.7 seconds, up from yesterdays 2.3 feet at 8.3 seconds. The Grays Reef buoy to the north is 1.0 feet at 9.1 seconds, the same as yesterday. You can see early morning photos and video on the SS You Tube Cam page.
8:30 am: Small choppy surf with brisk onshore winds. Once in a while an around thigh high set wave will kick in. Overall it’s small and choppy at report time. Early photos are up in box #1.
12 pm: The waves are still small right now, its only about knee high right now with choppy conditions. The wind is coming in from the NNE at about 10 knots right now. The canveral buoy is showing a swell height of 2.6 feet at 10 seconds right now. More photos coming soon.
misc… Check out ‘tip of the day‘ below. A new tip each day to help improve your surfing, one way or another.
* A moderate NE/E wind swell is forecast for the weekend. Will there be a more meaningful upt(r)ick in surf size next week just ahead of a major cold front progged to arrive Halloween night? Check Dean’s long range Surf Forecast for a look ahead to the end of October.
* Inside the Surf Station Community Messageboard (link here) are photos from the Flagler Pier , discussion of what are good booties, surfboards to buy and sell and more!
Choose your surfboard to suit your level of surfing and fun. Many factors help you to get the best ride, including the ‘rocker’ of your surfboard. A flip or curve upward in front of your surfboard will help prevent pearling (nose-diving) when dropping in. But less rocker is faster, as it does not ‘push’ water. A beginner may need plenty of nose rocker, while a more skilled surfer may seek less rocker for increased wave count and speed.
Tomorrow we talk tail rocker.
An important key to self confidence is preparation. -Arthur Ash