[New Surfline] What's the difference between spot reports, spot forecasts and regional forecasts?

Our goal at Surfline is to provide the best, most accurate surf forecast data to help surfers Know Before They Go. We understand there are many factors that go into a surfer's decision of when and where to surf, so we aim to provide all the information that we can, then we let the user make their own call. To that end, we provide multiple forecast views on the new Surfline, which all serve slightly different purposes and provide unique data sets in order to portray the complete forecast picture.

Spot Report Page

The spot report page is where you'll find the most current conditions for a spot. It's where you can view a camera stream if the spot has one, or read the twice-daily written report, if provided by our team of forecasters. The spot report page is also where you can view today's surf data for the exact spot that you're viewing. This is where we display 24 hours of surf, swell, wind, tide, and weather information, as well as buoy data, to help you make a call of whether you should surf a specific spot today.

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Today's conditions

Spot Forecast Page

The spot forecast page is where you'll find 17 days worth of surf, swell, wind, tide and weather data, all generated by our proprietary models for the exact spot that you're viewing.

Regional Forecast Page

We also provide model data for surf, swell, wind, tide and weather on the Regional Forecast page, but with one very important difference: the data on this page is generated for a single point within a region, and not any specific spot in that region. This is why you may notice a discrepancy in the predicted conditions on the Regional Forecast page, and the actual conditions at a spot within that region.

Since surf spots are greatly affected by the direction that a break faces, local bathymetry, swell angle, wind direction and more, there can be big differences in breaking-wave heights and the quality of the waves within a region, even amongst spots that are only a couple hundred yards from one another. For more information on how these factors impact surf, check out this classic article from our forecast blog.

The Regional Forecast page is also where our forecasters write their long-range swell outlook for a region, and where you can find their Premium Analysis write-ups, which will give you the best chance at scoring when it's on.

Written Regional Forecast

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Premium Analysis

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If you have any questions or comments on Surfline's forecasts, please contact support@surfline.com.

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