The most critical thing to understand about these pages is that they are for regions, not spots. The regional forecast gives you a general idea of what the conditions will be like for the better, more exposed breaks in a region.
Surfers know that the surf can vary drastically from one spot to the next, even if those spots are just a few miles away. Regional pages provide a summary of pretty much everything we have on Surfline. A Spot page highlights those local variations.
Below the region’s title, you’ll find links to products such as Premium Analysis, local charts, local buoys, the Spot pages within the region, as well as nearby Regional Forecasts.
“Best Bet” is intended to give you an edge on things like which part of the next day the surf will be the best or which general areas may see the best surf/conditions. “Forecast highlights” will give you a quick summary of what to expect through the rest of the forecast.
Below that, you’ll see the 5 days of forecast information. Change which 5 days are showing using the window-slider above, or the small arrow on each side of the boxes. See the data in table view using the toggle to the left.
Our expert forecasters create the colored boxes to rate AM/PM conditions. The color of the boxes represents how good, bad, or ugly they think the surf will be, based on local winds, tides, other factors and backed by years of experience. Read more about our ratings of surf heights and quality. Inside those boxes they’ll give a description of current conditions and how things may develop.
After day 7, the boxes won't be colored because humans no longer provide ratings. Regional forecasted surf heights past 7-days are driven by our proprietary forecasting model, LOTUS.
Below the boxes, you’ll see the Swell Analysis graph. Wind, swell and weather information is generated from a single location within this region. The location is indicated next to the relevant graph’s title.
If you have feedback regarding one of our Regional forecast pages, or are in an area we don't cover, Submit a request and select Forecasting Accuracy with any questions or concerns!