Surfing the Web In today’s massive Internet ocean, it can be easy to drown in the overwhelming possibilities…With so much information at our fingertips, we can be easily misled, and just like surfing in the actual ocean, we need to be selective in which waves to catch. If you are a serious surfer on the search for the best conditions, then the times are over of just showing up to the beach with your fingers crossed. . To score the best waves now-a-days, it’s important to have a few reliable resources with professionals behind the scenes mapping, analysing, and accurately forecasting each unique swell event. They’ll help you know when to go, where to go, and which days to call in “sick” from work What are the waves doing now? Surfline Surfline started 30 years ago as a call-in surf report throughout Southern California. Since then, they have expanded worldwide with host of LIVE SURF CAMS to virtually transport yourself to the best surf beaches in the world. Surfline also has an experienced team of meteorologists and oceanographers constantly monitoring the global wave/storm activity. Impressively, they can accurately (mas o menos) predict swell events up to 2 weeks in advance to help you plan that last minute trip! They’ve pretty much got it all. From the forecasts and webcams to current events and swell stories. Check out contest results, the latest in surfing web clips, or their very own surfing travel guide. Coastal Watch Using their camera network and working with some of the country’s pre-eminent coastal scientists our monitoring arm, CoastalCOMS, provides vital real-time data on beach erosion, risk and surf quality for councils and governments, lifeguards and rescue services. What are the waves doing tomorrow? Magic Seaweed This is another great forecasting site. They give each day a 1-5 star rating based on their observations making it easier for the rest of us. Plus, I always liked the name Always remember, when forecasting waves, it’s smart to check an array of sources Swellinfo.com This is a personal favorite of mine. Besides having incredible forecasting maps, Swellinfo breaks down the surf into the the must-know variables. Swell period, swell angle, wave size, and daily tides are all key characteristics that change with every swell and will 100% impact the quality of your session. Check it out yourself And if I just want to Surf the Internet? Surfermag.com Surfermag is been a core surf publication for over 50 years bringing surfers iconic images and stories since their first issue in 1959. Although they still publish a monthly hard-copy, their web based platform provides professional content on a day-to-day basis.