What is Swell and How Does it Affect Surfers?

You are in the best moment of your life to undertake a new sport activity and you have chosen one that has always attracted your attention but of which you do not have much knowledge although you are very curious, The Surf.

Sea, sun, waves and a lot of adventure with large doses of adrenaline, without doubt, are characteristics and qualities that can bring us the surf.

We know that surfing is about riding waves located on a special board for such activity; however, before learning to be on a board, it is necessary to learn about waves and tides.

Among the many particularities that surfing has, there is one that refers to waves.

What we know colloquially as the ocean floor, becomes for surfing fans an indispensable element for the development of the sport.

The surfers go looking for the places with the best waves to enjoy the moment, and thus to achieve the best wave and to conquer the triumph.

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What is the Swell in Surf?

Swell is a word of the English language, whose semantic attribute in reference to surfing is taken from the expression sea of bottom.

Swell is the term used among surfers to designate a set of waves that separate and move away from a storm or weather phenomenon that develops in the ocean.

It is a wave generated by the action of some type of meteorological phenomenon, which originates in the sea; as it approaches the coast and beaches, it becomes a wave with special characteristics that allow it to be ridden.

The swells move from the interior of the sea towards the coastal or beach areas in the form of groups of waves.

The waves used for surfing, are those formed from the moment the mass of water hits the specific point where the sea or ocean begins to be less deep.

Thus, the movement generated in the water makes the waves formed on the surface begin to have greater height and a degree of inclination, until they finally break on the shore and it is possible to ride or surf them.

The swell is affected by the winds of the area where they are generated and the tides, depending on the time of day and in general the weather conditions.

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What is the Wave Swell?

The swell waves usually have characteristics of regular movements with slight increases; however these conditions can vary according to the variables of the climate, especially as far as the winds are concerned, as they approach the coast.

The important thing for surfers, must be the direction that brings the wave at the time of entry, as each beach has its own orientation and characteristics that directly influence the way the waves behave.

The tides and the climatic factors of the area also affect the way the waves act and react.

Waves have two movements and these are what define the type of wave created.

  • Circular Movement: these are circular movements that the wave makes; it is the oscillation of the environment when it is moved by the wave.
  • Wave Speed: the energy transmitted determines the way the wave moves.

In the moments where major weather phenomena such as tropical storms or even hurricanes occur, it is likely that we will see surfers with their boards looking for an ideal moment to ride waves and live the maximum emotion and adrenaline generated by the experience.

As we have seen, in the world of surfing there is a typical jargon of the sport and with which to familiarize oneself is a challenge to achieve in this environment, in our school famara surf this is very important for us since developing all this vocabulary will allow us to bond even more in this beautiful and rewarding environment.