Why are the current surf conditions different from the Surfline report?

Should you ever notice that conditions differ from what was forecasted, do your best to document your observation. Whether it’s tweaking model output based on feedback from users or updating the nearshore conditions that drive surf height calculations, we’re always working to improve our forecasts.

For spots with human-observed surf reports, Surfline forecasters update the report twice daily. Once around sunrise, followed by an afternoon update, typically between 12pm-2pm local time. Bear in mind that conditions can change quickly throughout the day. Wave heights and conditions posted at sunrise may look different later in the morning due to changes in winds or tides.

If you would like us to take a look the forecast in your area, we need:

  1. Screenshot of the forecast you're looking at
  2. Description of real conditions (use this page as a guide)
  3. Photo of someone surfing a wave, if possible!
  4. Send it to support@Surfline.com

For this information to be of any use to us, we must know the exact time, date and location of your observation. We are always keen to hear your more general feedback, but in the case of improving accuracy, specifics are essential!


So if you have feedback on the spot forecasts you’ve been using or are in an area we don't cover, Submit a request and select Forecasting Accuracy with any questions or concerns!

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