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Read the Buoys

Swell height to Surf height depends on wave period and (this is the tricky part) local spot characteristics.

Wind waves, being shorter in length, feel the bottom of the ocean less. This makes them peakier and not wrap around points very well. Long ground swells will usually break all at once at a beach break and close out. Points and reefs are better for ground swell. All the water moving in a ground swell piles up on itself when it breaks and will make the surf height significantly bigger than the open water swell height.

San Diego buoys:

Look out for Point Conception wind swells (4-12 seconds, 275-330), the window of opportunity will be smaller than a big ground swell, but any waves are better than no waves


Every break has it’s favored tides, which is mainly due to the bathymetry of that specific break. However, usually most spots favor a ‘low going high’ or when the tide is on the rise, ‘filling in’. This is the believed “tidal push” which may help the forward momentum of waves. The tide is pushing in as the waves move in, toward a common direction, a surge if you will. Whereas, an outgoing tide may counter the the incoming momentum of waves to a very small degree.

El Nino/La Nina

Episodes of El Niño and La Niña typically last nine to 12 months, but can sometimes last for years. El Niño and La Niña events occur every two to seven years, on average, but they don’t occur on a regular schedule. Generally, El Niño occurs more frequently than La Niña.

North County

* Carlsbad
  * Ponto
* Leucadia
  * Grandview
  * Avocados
  * Round House
  * Beacons
  * Stonesteps
* Encinitas
  * Moonlight
  * D Street
  * Boneyards
  * Swamis
* Cardiff (San Elijo/Campgrounds)
  * Brown House
  * Pipes
  * Traps
  * Turtles
  * 85s
  * Suckouts
  * Cardiff Reef
* Solana Beach
  * Seaside
  * Tabletops
  * Pillbox
* Del Mar
  * Beachbreaks
  * 15th Street
  * 11th Street
  * 8th Street
* La Jolla
  * Blacks

From north to south


Pop up

Trimmin and Carvin

Single fin style

Duck dive

Cut back




Pretty much every aspect of board is a trade off between speed (which brings stability) and control (maneuverability). Surfboards and airplane wings share a lot of the same physics, but only one has been extensively studied over the past one hundred years…it’s airplane wings.



Hull Contours


Small, mushy and weak waves: Choose surfboards with less rocker. Good, powerful and steep waves: Choose surfboards with more rocker


Wider tails offer more stability and float, and will give you a faster planing speed. While, narrower tails are going to make rolling from rail to rail a little easier. They can also help hold a board steadier on a steeper faced wave. The shape of the tail’s edges make a difference too. A tail that has rounder angles or no angles at all, is going to help you ‘hold’ the water for a little longer. This means that you will have more control of the board. When a tail has harder angles, more water will “release” and you will have a looser, more snappy feel to the board.



  1. Fiberglassing
  1. Hot coat (resin)

The Hotcoat more or less fills in the gaps left in the weave of the cloth after lamination. This not only gives you a smooth surface, but helps prevent water from seeping into the board over time.

  1. Gloss coat (not required)

Groveler, Daily Driver, and Step Up




Twin Keel Dimensions