The world of surfing has its own language and there are many words that might still sound strange to you. Swell is a word that is related to the surf-forecast that you’ve probably heard already in a Surf Camp in Somo. In this blog article we tell you in a simple way what swell is.

Swell in surfing

Swell is the way to name a collection of waves that move away from a storm in the ocean. The waves that are created thanks to the climate conditions that, once they arrived to our coast and beaches, they’re transformed into surfable waves.

The waves that we surf are “created” once the ocean movement gets in touch with the point where deep water starts to become shallow. This way, waves increase in height and also becomes steeper and, once they’ve reachec the beach, they break and we can surf.

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Swell: how to measure it

The type of swell that comes will condition our surfing sessions. We might face a swell that bring monster waves or knee size ones.

There are many facts that will define the quality of the waves that come with each swell: the direction of the swell, the period (the longer the period the bigger the waves), the direction and speed of the wind, the strenght and height of the waves. Conditions that will also be below the influence of the characteristics of each surfing spot: the beach orientation and local climate factors. We can get to know that data with some mobile apps.

One of the essential aspects of our Surf School is that we want our “students” to have a good time surfing but also we’d want them to know everything related to the surf practice. If you come to one of our Surf Camps you will be able to attend to one of Paco’s (our head coach) surf theory lessons and you will be able to ask any doubts to any of our instructors. We know surfing takes time and there are many concepts that can be learnt out of the water. But we’ll make sure you become a better surfer in and out of the waves.

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