Do we have a Powerful Ground Swell approaching next week?   You Bet!

The size of the swell waves may not be big, but we do have a chance at having Powerful Period  with waist to stomach high waves?  Why?  Look at the Period chart image.  (2nd image)

Moving swell chart frozen for Tuesday , August 5 2014 at 6 AM, thanks to's nice model version. The swell is coming from the Southeast (Caribbean),  and even though it only shows 2 to 3 foot swell waves, the fetch of the period is what excites me. (fetch is the distance in miles that a swell stretches from Point A to Point B, if u will)   And the fetch is a lot wider than the distance from Key West to Cape Cod as the crow flies.  And what I really like, is how uniform and thick the bands of the swell period are shown in the color changes.

Anyhow, we’ll see what happens.

NOTE: I just added the line so those, new to surf charting jargon like fetch, could see the visual.  I don’t mean to insult the Intelligence of the rest of you :)

And yes, the swell looks like it may be closer to chest high, even with 2-5 mph onshore winds Tuesday afternoon.  If the models hold up :)  And Wednesday, or the following day, could be solid offshore glass in the 3 foot at 9 second range, which could easily be stomach to chest high or better in Satellite anyhow !

Moving Period chart frozen for Tuesday , August 5 2014 at 6 AM, thanks to's nice model version.

Incoming one or two day little swell for Wednesday morning and possible Thursday morning. Could be thigh to stomach high, from the Pier and getting a little bigger as you go south. Should be glassy Wednesday morning.  This is just a little Southeast swell rolling in.

Hurricane Arthur surf this morning 3-4 feet, posted at 5:40 AM Wednesday morning July 2 2014!  It should be bigger than chest high this morning at the Cocoa Beach Pier, and offshore, Satellite Beach may be head high.

Winds are offshore as I had hoped and shared last night, in the WNW range 15 mph with some stronger gusts!  The swell will be gone by lunchtime or this afternoon anyhow.

At Midnight last night the swell at the 20 mph buoy was ENE     17.5 knots and    9.2 feet at     8 seconds!  and at 2 Am this morning/last night it was at the 20 mile,  NNW    15.5 knots    10.5 feet   at 10 seconds almost a ground swell, and it probably is a ground swell with just low numbers. (ground swell normally has to be at 11 seconds, technically :)

At 4 AM just 2 hours ago, it read 7.5 feet at 10 seconds.  The accurate winds at our Merritt Island wind weather station says 12 – 15 mph WNW.  It will be gone quickly.

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Hey, when we have a storm named Arthur, we gotta make some upgrades :)  Be safe, and catch the morning Stomach to maybe chest high with strong offshore winds, until maybe 9 or 10 AM Wednesday.  Update at 9:31 PM Tuesday night.  Looks like the storm has dropped some, maybe waist to chest, or less, we’ll see :)


If you want to see some Longboarder’s tearing it up and you don’t mind a couple of Beach Boys songs, then feel free to check out the 4 1/2 minute Surfing Video below :)

Today, Saturday, at 12:30 when I checked, the Waves are still looking fun in the thigh to stomach high  (down south), even with the winds playing variable with the small weather storm activity.  It is bigger down south, but our 30 minute after high tide window that started at J-Ave around 11:20 looked real fun, well, until a 1/4 mile pipe dredging removal , total swell block activity happened , interesting to look at though.

Anyhow, the swell shrinks all day, but should have some glass for another hour or so depending on the winds mind for the moment.


Is there a decent chance for glass and size in the morning Friday?  South Cocoa Beach to Satellite, chest high waves with winds that should be brisk offshore, 10 to 15 mph SSW with a window of maybe SW from 8 to 10, but just a possible window.  SSW most likely, which is sideshore at the Cape and North Cocoa Beach, but it should still be fun, because it is a 12 second period ground swell.  A 3 foot 12 second swell has been known to go head high for us, chest high is a better start :)

Saturday looks waist high and glassier in the morning.

Get it early Friday, because by 10 Am, it could be Thunderstorms, so dawn patrol is the wise move :)

Have Fun, be safe, and don’t forget to watch for sharks, we’ve had a bunch.


Friday is looking potentially Epic with a 3 foot at 12 second ground swell, which could produce chest high plus waves between the Cape and Satellite Beach. More below…

Surfing footage of Chad riding a few nice glassy chest high plus waves in Satellite Beach, on April 22, 2014.

Friday could have stomach to chest high plus waves between the Cape and Satellite Beach with offshore winds up until noon.

Thursday afternoon should also have a strong chunk of the swell coming in late afternoon, also up to chest high, maybe South winds in the 10-15 mph range meaning Playalinda or Spanish House with offshore winds and a slight offshore effect in Satellite Beach.  This would be onshore winds North of Minuteman Causeway, so Thursday you may want to check out the South Streets or further south.

Saturday could have some thigh to waist high glassy leftovers :)

Chad exiting a quick barrel in Satellite Beach, April 22, 2014

Chad exiting a quick barrel in Satellite Beach, April 22, 2014

This is a tuesday morning update for the Tuesday report below, done at 6:36 AM tuesday.  The near shore buoy dropped to 2.3 feet at 8 to 10 seconds, so I may have to go with waist to maybe chest high down south.  Still same offshore winds thought.


Yeah, tuesday morning looks like chest high waves and maybe head high down south with NW winds at daybreak, turning WNW till noon, and NNW to onshore by 1.

Low Tide is around 8:30, which isn’t the best, since I prefer high going low, but hey, it should be epic, and perhaps the tide won’t make a difference!

Get it while you can, short report tonight!


7 1/2 feet at 11 seconds at the 20 mile buoy!  at 11 Am Thursday.  That’s a wind swell mixed with ground swell, gotta love it!



Friday mid afternoon could be some head high semi-clean wave, fun! 

Today, Thursday,  the swell peaks in size, an should be overhead down South for sure.

Satellite Beach Surfing Video, shot a week , from last tuesday, 03/25,  There were a few shortboarders that were a total  pleasure to watch, with sweet carving, 360 floaters, and a longboarder that thought he was on a shortboard.  Hope you enjoy the short video.

Today Saturday, 04/05/2014, the waves kicked in for an hour, around 10 to 11 AM, and I got my 80-100 yard waist high wall to put a smile on my face; and a few really fun rail grabber lefts :)