Knowledge of the Ocean – Looking at the OceanSurf can be deceiving. Knowing what to look for may save you from danger injuries and death.
Watching the ocean for a few minutes is always advisable to assure yourself a safe and fun surf. "Never underestimate Mother Nature!
Currents – Rips – Undertows – Are caused by water expelling out to sea, direction of wind and swell. Rips are seen with darker colouration from sand being turned up and chop on top of the water from smaller waves breaking. Do not paddleswim against a rip, take an angled approach, or put your hand up for help!
Swell Wave Size -. Swell is formed by Low-pressure storms out to sea. Lower the pressure, the bigger the waves. Always stay within your Limits! The bigger the waves, the more experience you should have.
Tide Times – Most tides work on a 6-hour change, some work on 12-hour change.
High tide has more water making the waves spill down the face. As low tide has less water, making the waves shallower, plunge and barrel.
Wind Direction – You determine the direction from were the wind is coming from.
If the wind is blowing from the south, they call it a Southerly Wind.
If the wind is blowing from the west, they call it a Westerly Wind.
Sometimes it blows from the northeast, they call it a Northeasterly. (Etc.)
Dangers to You and Others – All sports can be dangerous, always take care, and be aware of conditions and situations at hand. Do not go out in surf above your capability, (Know your limits!) Avoid rips and always surf with someone. You should watch where the waves are breaking, with help from markers on the beach will assist your position.
Surf Etiquette Rules – Surfer on the inside has right of way. Be patient and Respect the Ocean, Land, Mother Nature, and the Locals. Surfing is enjoyable, so have fun!
Surf Breaks Reef, Sand and Point – Waves have different formations when it comes to certain breaks. Reef breaking waves are shallow and dangerous; they create a plunging wave that breaks from top to bottom called a barrel. This should be left to confident surfer. Sand breaking waves are easier for the beginner surfer. They make various shaped waves and normally not so crowded. Point breaking waves rap around a headland, creating long winding waves.
Be aware, Have patience; Timing and position will all help! If you are still unsure check our Surf School Bali.