What is LOLA?

LOLA is Surfline's global swell model that is continuously updated and corrected with real-time information. LOLA is a combination of many things - she’s a computer model that crunches data, she gathers real-time data from offshore buoys, and she taps into orbiting satellites to measure hurricane-force winds and tremendous wave heights around the world. Over the years we have made a number of enhancements to LOLA. This includes a proprietary extended forecast algorithm, high-res wind charts, nearshore model enhancements, and revised LOLA charts.

In a nutshell, LOLA is obsessed with waves: how they're generated, where they're coming from, where they're going and how big they're going to be. Due to all of the information continuously collected by the model, LOLA forecasts can change daily so we always recommend that you use the human Surfline forecast as the final word for upcoming swell events.

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