The surf in Rincon isn’t over yet!
Granted, we don’t have any big swell to look forward to, but we do have some opportunities for surf in the future. For the summer time, any surf is better than no surf. Expect flat conditions during the rest of the week. However, next weekend is looking pretty decent for summer time surf. The weather we’re seeing now should develop enough during the flat week to push some swell here for next weekend. Waist to chest high and glassy is what I’m hoping for on at least Saturday and Sunday. If the swell shows up early, or the weather gets a bit stronger – we could be surfing sooner than that. I’ll keep an eye on it and update during the week.
Using Automated Forecast Tools:
Remember that no matter what a computer model tells you, what you see on the beach might be completely different. That's why i go take pictures of the beach every day. These tools help give an idea of what to expect, but weather prediction is not always exact especially the further out you try to forecast. Surf forecasting takes into account the general correlation between past weather data and resulting surf conditions. Another thing to keep in mind is the difference between actual swell height and the face height of the rideable wave it creates. For example. When the waves are forecast to have a 6ft swell at 13 seconds or higher with a NW angle we normally get waves that most people would call double over-head on sets. Swell angle is also important, especially for shorter period swell (9-11 seconds). For example 3ft at 11 seconds from the NW will make a bigger wave than 4ft at 9 seconds from the NE. Normally longer period swell (13+ seconds) will be more powerful and keep the surf size a little better even if the angle isn't a direct hit to Rincon. Generally any swell less than 9 seconds is super weak here in Rincon unless it has a lot of west in it. Also, most NE swell under 12 seconds is weak and mushy. 2ft at 8 seconds is generally small to flat. ENE swell will almost never make it into Rincon unless it was something like 10ft at 18 seconds from the ENE.