Surf watch

Figuring out the waves and the wind is an important part of surfing.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM July 13, 2006

I usually hate getting up early. But during a recent surfing trip to Mexico, I was up with the sun. I couldn't wait to get to the beach.

 

Even so, I didn't plunge into the water right away. I watched the waves and studied surfers in action. I tried to figure out how big the swells were, which way the wind was blowing, and where the waves were breaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winds can stir up large waves, which break when they approach shore.

 

Winds can stir up large waves, which break when they approach shore.

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

I soon learned...

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