Surf reports: know before you go | Photo: Ingrid Taylar/Creative Commons

Surf reports are everywhere. Today, you can look at a report for a certain spot to anticipate the wind and wave conditions for the next few days. Forecasts are accurate, though not 100% perfect. With the help of open data provided by ocean buoys, the number of online surf reports has grown.

Some are more technical, while others are visual and graphic. There are two main types of surf reports: those that are mainly geared toward surfers and bodyboarders (wave and swell reports and forecasts), and those that target windsurfers and kitesurfers (wind speed and direction reports and forecasts). Both rely on a shared system of information in order to be reliable.

The most famous surf reports are those provided by our friends at Surfline and Windguru. Surfline's history has more than 20 years. Surf forecaster Sean Collins has developed a detailed, accurate and understandable model to use in order to predict the quality of the waves in just about every world surf spot.

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Jumeirah Beach: restricted surfing

Surfing and kitesurfing in Dubai will be restricted to special zones. The local municipality wants to ensure swimmers and beach goers enjoy peacefully the pleasures of water and sand.

The Coastal Zone Management and Waterways Section has determined 900-metre wide special zone for surfers, at Umm Suqeim Beach. In the next months there will also be a reserved are for kitesurfing and paragliding in all Dubai beaches.

The announcement was made during the peak surfing season, when Dubai gets the best swell and winds for wave sports. After the constructions of artificial islands, Umm Suqeim Beach-2 and Sunset Beach are the only quality spots to ride waves.

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The surf population is growing, the waves per surfer are fewer, local surfers are dropped in. When surf rage hits the water, the worst can happen. Every surfer has seen or watch a surf fight. As with everything in (wild)life, usually the strongest wins.

Sometimes, disrespect for the surfing rules and priorities ignite these endless beach and water fights. In other situations, some surfers are simply looking for a few punches after a terrible day in the office.

In Australia, surfers have been told to follow an official code of conduct, in order to avoid the surf rage scenes. The surf etiquette was posted in New South Wales beaches. The idea is to protect the less experienced, but also the ones who are looking for trouble.

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