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This website was created in 1997 as an alternative to maintaining synchronized lists of favorite surfing links on many different computers. The original site was 64KB of data and designed load in 1 second on a dial-up modem from the library at Satellite Beach High School.
Facts of Life
Surf conditions are extremely dynamic. It can be flat at 08:00 and be 6 feet by 10:00. It can be glassy one moment and wind-blown 20 minutes later. It can be un-rideable at one spot and just a few miles away be super fun. Surf forecasting is at best a form of fuzzy science. If full-time professional meteorologist can not tell you with greater than a 50 to 60 percent probability of success in which direction the wind will blow 24 hours from now, certainly part time surf forecasters are not going to be much more accurate. We review 10-15 weather maps once or twice a day, observe local ocean conditions 1 to 3 times a day, and make our predictions based upon the information which we believe is most accurate. Sometimes we hit, sometimes we miss. That’s life folks.
Will there be surf in the next few days?
We post a FORECAST of the anticipated surfing conditions for the next several days in the Cocoa Beach area (Port Canaveral to Melbourne Beach). Once in a while we will also post a REPORT of what conditions are like out there. Of course, if it’s good, we won’t be near a computer until after dark.
Our goal is to provide a single “home page” with all the links needed to determine if a surf trip to the beach is worthwhile. These links consist of both surfing reports and weather data for the East Coast of Central Florida. Listed sites include live and frequently updated video camera views of popular surfing spots, visual reports of current surf conditions, weather and oceanographic data, graphical wind/wave action analysis models, and surfing forecasts by a few of us insane folks who examine all of this stuff every day.
Listed surfing report sites are those which are updated at least daily with visual reports of current surfing conditions. Some of these sites feature video camera views (CAMs) of the shoreline. Sites are ordered by geographical location – north to south. Some of these sites also feature multiple updates during the day as conditions change. If you would like a website added to the list, let us know (but it must have a daily surf report and provide value to my readers to be seriously considered). CFLsurf is also considered to be a “kid’s safe” website. Thus, listed websites must also have content which our editorial staff considers appropriate for our audience. We don’t attempt to link to all surf reports and webcam sites, only the best sites.
Listed sites include those that provide forecasts of future surfing conditions as well as sites which provide weather analysis data most frequently used to assist these predictions.
Let’s face reality folks… no one can predict with certainty what the surfing conditions will be like tomorrow, let alone three or four days from now. There are too many variables. However, an analysis of wind and storm data offers some pretty good clues about future surf conditions.
The WAMs and Wave Watch III
Key tools used to predict future surfing conditions include the Navy’s Wave Action Models (WAMs) and NOAA Wave Watch III models. These models are viewed as easy to read color coded graphical presentations. Models are usually updated twice daily. Updates are at midnight (0000) and noon (1200) Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which correspond respectively to 7:00 PM the day before and 7:00 AM the same day in Central Florida (i.e. – 0000 GMT on December 25th is 7:00 PM on December 24th here in Central Florida).
These models are general in nature and need to be evaluated in consideration of wind speed and direction. Just because the model shows 6 to 9 foot waves bordering our coast, doesn’t always mean we will have 6 to 9 foot surf. If the wind is blowing 35 knots from the NW, there may indeed be 9 foot waves a few miles off shore, but it could be almost flat south of Cape Canaveral. On the other hand, if the model shows a significant long-period swell (10 seconds or greater) off our coast, this is usually a good indication that we may get some good surf in the near future.