What does swell mean in surfing terms?

What is a good swell for surfing?

Swell size

The size of the wave, or swell height, is a measure in feet or meters. If the surf forecast says 1-3m (3-9ft), then it’s usually a good time to go surfing. 3m waves are not appropriate for beginners, but experienced surfers take on waves of incredible height.

What is the difference between a wave and a swell?

Waves are generated by wind moving over water; they indicate the speed of the wind in that area. Swell are waves (usually with smooth tops) that have moved beyond the area where they were generated.

What causes a surf swell?

Large surf is caused by swells, which are created by large storms blowing over the ocean surface. The size of the swell depends on the intensity of the wind within a storm, the amount of distance the wind blows across the water (called the fetch), and the amount of time the wind blows at a sustained speed.

Is swell good for surfing?

In general groundswell produces waves that are much better for surfing. Wind swell is usually smaller, and almost always choppier and harder to surf than groundswell. Although both are present at most surf spots, groundswell creates much better breaking waves and dominates the lineup.

What is heavy swell?

Definitions of heavy swell. a broad and deep undulation of the ocean. synonyms: ground swell. type of: crestless wave, swell. the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea.

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What is a ground swell?

1 usually ground swell : a broad deep undulation of the ocean caused by an often distant gale or seismic disturbance. 2 : a rapid spontaneous growth (as of political opinion) a groundswell of support.

What does swell mean slang?

In the 1930s, swell became a popular slang term meaning great or excellent. But it also can describe a wealthy, elegant person, like a group of swells at a fancy restaurant. Definitions of swell. verb.