How To Find An Ideal Surf Spot

How To Find An Ideal Surf Spot

Surfers tend to frequent famous surf spots which lead to over-crowding of the popular surf beaches. On the other hand, many unexplored coastlines and seashores can make for the best surfing spots. If you are tired of sharing the surf breaks with other surfers and want to have a full uncrowded beach for yourself, then go through these guidelines that can assist you in finding a great surf spot.


Check out seashores and coastlines on Google Maps. If you are a fan of beach breaks, then explore the beaches.  If you are a surfer who enjoys point breaks, then go for any location that projects out from the coast and bends the waves. You may even come across a generous promising reef that can generate quality point breaks. A coastline open to the big vast ocean means a variety of waves that can be ideal for surfing. Recognize whitewater rollers that are sighted by satellites through Google Maps and consider areas that may have the potential to deliver pumped up waves in particular swell direction. Be cautious as bird’s eye view feature in Google Maps can sometimes turn out to be outdated.

Nautical Charts

Understand the topography like depths of seafloor with the help of nautical charts that correspond to the findings of Google Maps. Search for deep and dark spots that abruptly turn shallow. Utilize local charts as they tend to be more precise. For instance, AToro coast in Sweden goes from the depth of 50 meters to 6 meters in the region of a mere 100 meters from the coast. In the case of swell that travels in the direction of the beach, masses of water will be pushed up the shallow regions, generating wave breaks.


After checking out maps and studying topography, get ready to take a plunge when swell is approaching in the right direction. Study the factors like seafloor, to determine whether the spot is worth surfing or not. Beach breaks can be challenging to evaluate as sand breaks tend to shift from time to time. Visit the potential surf spots in different tide and weather conditions. This will assist in understanding what factors to consider while reading the forecast.

Go Under The Water

You can easily spot rocky areas and shallow reefs that should be avoided from the coastline. Shallow areas generate bubbles or bumps over the water surface and can be identified without many efforts. To be safe while surfing, it is advisable to check the sea bottom for yourself. So take out your snorkeling equipment and dive in to map out the seabed and understand what it looks like in calm waters.

Avoid Sharing

If you become lucky enough to come across the ideal surf spot, then resist yourself from sharing it. Remember that Mavericks was kept away from the public eye for almost 15 years.

Now you are ready to paddle out in the sea and surf the surf. Watch out for currents and avoid surfing on massive waves right away.

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