What wind speed is good for surfing?
Wind speeds below about 10 knots are usually fine for surfing, but 0-5 knots is the most likely good range for most spots. It’s rare to have no wind at all but the lower the wind speed the better. The best time to surf is usually in the morning for that reason.
What is windy for surfing?
Wind gusts is a sudden increase in the wind’s speed that lasts no more than 20 seconds. With strong wind gust, it can change the surfing conditions rapidly. A good thump rule: 9 mph gusting to 18mph will make surfing conditions messy.
Can you surf in 20 mph winds?
No matter what the direction of the wind, too much will blow out the waves, while too little will have a small to no effect at all. As a general rule, in offshore winds, less than 20 knots (37 km/h or 23 mph) is still okay to surf.
Can you surf in choppy conditions?
Choppy waves are the result of high winds and usually it will still be windy when it comes time to surf in these conditions. Note that choppy waves and strong wind make for the hardest conditions to surf.
How many knots is too windy surfing?
As long as the wind doesn’t get too strong, say over 20 knots, you’ll be fine. Any stronger and it will be hard to take-off. The other winds are either onshore – from the sea to the land, or cross-shore – blowing from either side. If these winds are blowing any stronger than 10 knots it can chop the waves up fast.
Can you still surf with onshore winds?
Onshore winds result in bad surfing conditions. An onshore wind blows from the sea, which means the waves have no shape and the crumble as they head to shore. Cross shore winds don’t offer a good shape to waves. The best type of wind for surfing is an offshore wind.