- 02 February 2011 | Surfing
Surf reports deliver precious wave height, swell size and period, wind speed and direction forecasts, but what is the original forecast source? Usually, surf reports rely on national meteorological and hydro meteorological services and information from strategic buoys placed in oceans and seas.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is the United Nations' specialized agency responsible for the official voice on the state and behavior of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and climate.
The WMO has a membership of 189 States and Territories, and works with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC); as well as the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), providing relevant oceanographic data and observations for marine meteorology.
- 01 February 2011 | Surfing
"A Deeper Shade of Blue" is Jack McCoy's latest surf movie jewel. The iconic film maker explores the evolution of the surfboard, like a work of art. "A Deeper Shade of Blue" will be premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, on February 1st.
"It was an extremely exciting time to be a surfer as all kinds of things were happening really fast. Gerry Lopez and a good friend of mine, Buddy Dumphy were taking 12 inches or more off with each new board. They'd go out and ride it and come in and shape one shorter. It seemed radical but once boards went shorter, surfing really had a surge of adrenaline and creativity, within a couple of years a whole new way of surfing emerged", says McCoy.
Jack moved to Australia in the 70's and met the stars of that surf-crazed nation, including Derek Hynd, a sharp student of surf culture, an expert on surfboard design and surfing styles, a talented writer and surfer/shaper who in the film rides the modern surfboard without fins.
- 01 February 2011 | Surfing
The surf report is an accurate and reliable forecast tool for surfers, kitesurfers, windsurfers and bodyboarders. Surf reports are visual modeling interpretations of the maritime forecast systems developed by public international weather organizations and intercontinental weather bodies.
Wind and wave forecasts are based on information from ocean buoys that have been strategically set in several water locations. These buoys record and provide detailed information about the present maritime and air conditions (temperature, pressure, precipitation, humidity, wind speed and direction, swell size and period). This data is collected and analyzed for use in future forecasting.
Surfers and sailors often depend on reliable surf reports when making decisions about whether maritime conditions are right for their needs. Whether it's to relax, train, compete, or travel, a good surf report is often of critical importance. Competitive surfing event organizers use also use this information to decide if a lay day should be declared, or if a big wave competition should be given green light to go ahead.