Surf forecasting books: learn the science of waves and surfing

Surf forecasting books are encyclopedias of surf science. They make it easy to understand how swell models work, and how waves are formed.

Modern swell forecasts are accurate surf reports. If you're keen to know when and where you should head for the surf session of a lifetime, it's important to consult wave height forecasts, wind speed and direction analysis, and wave period charts.

Today, you can learn how to forecast surfing conditions for your favorite break and figure out when the surf will be epic. With a few of days' practice, using a couple of surf forecasting books, you'll be able to make your own maritime predictions.

Low and high pressure systems, wind force, fetch, tides, shoaling, refraction, water temperatures, swell decay, steepness, trough, wavelength and bathymetry are some of the surf forecasting concepts that can be learned by reading these surf and weather books.

"The Wetsand Wavecast Guide to Surf Forecasting" is one of the most well-written surf science publications. The author, Nathan Todd Cool, shows how you can make surf forecasts with simple calculations and free publicly available data.

"Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing", by Tony Butt, Paul Russell and Rick Grigg, will help surfers to predict surf. Where do waves come from? What makes everyone different? Why do some peel nicely and others just close out? These questions are raised and answered in this surf forecasting book.

"The Surfer's Guide To Waves, Coasts And Climates", by Tony Butt, presents and explains the most relevant surf variables. Coastal geology, climate and big waves, coastal intervention and the planet cyclones and tsunamis get great answers.

"Weather Forecasting Handbook", by Tim Vasquez, is one of the most complete global weather books. It fills the gap between novice and advanced books. Get a complete overview about wind and wave forecasts.

"Instant Wind Forecasting", by Alan Watts, is a must-have surf science book for windsurfers and kitesurfers, but also for surfers and bodyboards. Wind is responsible for making waves and this quick reference guide helps to make meaningful predictions based on the look of the sky and the feel of the day.

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