The complete surf report directory with wave and wind forecasts for your region. Swell height, wind speed and direction, wave period, and tsunami watch.
Check the most accurate ocean predictions for your surf spot and learn more about maritime forecast models. The surf report for your long-range sessions.
Wave Height Forecasts
The significant wave height is a measure for the wave height, and closely corresponds to what a trained observer would consider to be the mean wave height.
Note that the highest wave height of an individual wave will be significantly larger.
Check the Wave Height Forecast for your local region:
USA East Coast
USA West Coast
Gulf of Mexico
Australia & Indonesia
UK & France
Brazil, Mexico & East USA
Portugal & Spain
India & Africa
Alaska, Canada & Russia
Wind Speed/Direction Forecast
The wind speed is the 1-minute US average wind measured at a standard height of 10 meters above the ground.
Check the Wind Speed and Direction for your local region:
The peak period identifies either the period (the time between waves) associated with the locally generated wind sea (in cases with strong local winds) or the dominant wave system (swell) that is generated elsewhere.
Note that this peak period field shows discontinuities.
These discontinuities can loosely be interpreted as swell fronts, although in reality many swell systems overlap at most locations and times.
Check the Wave Period for your local region:
Tsunami Watch & Warning
Wave Forecast: 96h Outlook
The Maritime Forecast Models
Global Forecast System (GFS)
The global numerical weather prediction computer model run by NOAA. It is run four times a day and delivers forecasts up to 16 days in advance. Beyond 7 days, the forecast is not very accurate.
Integrated Forecast System (IFS)
The operational global meteorological forecasting model run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), based in Reading, England. It is run every twelve hours and delivers forecasts up to 10 days in advance. The operational model runs both in a deterministic forecast mode and as a 51-member ensemble.
North American Mesoscale Model (NAM)
A numerical weather prediction model run by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) for short-term weather forecasting. Currently, the Weather Research and Forecasting Non-hydrostatic Mesoscale Model (WRF-NMM) is run as NAM. It is run four times a day and delivers forecasts up to 84 hours in advance. Provides finer detail than other operational forecast models.
Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF)
A numerical program model used for forecasting and research. Adopted by meteorological services worldwide. Embeds a specialized Hurricane version (HWRF) and shows highly detailed forecasts in a four-kilometre range.
The International Meteorological Organizations
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC)
International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)
Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
Marine Meteorology and Oceanography Programme (MMOP)
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Hurricane Center (NHC)
Wind Forecast: 168h Outlook
Surf Forecasting Books
Surf science tells us how swell models work, and how waves reach our shores.
It's easy to learn how to forecast great surfing conditions for your region. In a couple of days, and with a couple of surf forecasting books, you are able to make your own maritime forecast.
Discover the truth behind low and high pressure systems, wind force, fetch, tides, shoaling, refraction, water temperatures, swell decay, steepness, trough, wavelength and bathymetry.
Get the best surf forecasting books.
Know Before You Surf
How Waves Are Formed?
What is wind? How wind is formed?
The importance of swell period in surfing
The tidal "Rule of Twelfths" in surfing
The Beaufort Wind Force Scale
The difference between ground swells and wind swells
The surf report is an accurate maritime forecast tool
Ocean buoys and forecast data for the surf reports
Tracking waves and swell in surf forecasting
The effects of shoaling and refraction in wave height
How do the moon and sun affect tides and surfing?
World waves are bigger and stronger
D-Day: the secret of swell and surf forecast
Cloud types and kiteboarding safety