Surf Glossary - W: From waves to wipe out


water temperature

The water temperature can be significantly involved in your surfing pleasure. Everyone dreams of the warm days in bikini and boardshorts, few appreciate the spots that can only be surfed with a hood and glove. The latter are often of good quality, only requiring the overcoming of a large piggery.

Currents and seasons are the factor for the water temperature. Almost always the water is warmer in autumn than in spring, as it was heated by a long summer. Of course, the average ambient temperature has an influence on the water temperature, which is why the water is pleasant all year round in the Canary Islands.
On the Internet you will find charts that tell you the current and average water temperature of your surf spot.

White water

The white water is the already broken part of the wave. As a beginner, you can use this foam roller excellent to ride with them on the beach and to practice his first attempts to get up.

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No waves, no waves. Waves are the elixir for surfers. They arise from a potentiation of energy that can start with a small wind. Low pressure areas are the key to happiness here. If a low pressure area is created far away out on the open sea, this usually pushes the wind to the sea. You can imagine it as with a stone that you throw in a watering hole. The low pressure area is the stone and the small rings that form around the stone are the waves.
If such a rippling wave occurs at a point in the ocean that does not hit land again soon, the waves will have time to cover a long distance, and then they will multiply and scale as time and distance goes by. The distances of the waves become more regular, the swell intensifies. This is called a groundswell.
By comparison, if you are dealing with a local depression, where the wind rages, for example, near the coast, you benefit "only" from a wind wave. This occurs whenever there is another coast near a coast. You will only find Groundswell there in rare cases and at exactly the right wave direction. If you're in Spain, France or the Canary Islands' west coasts, you're always dealing with a strong groundswell, because here the waves do not have a land obstruction for a long time;) and really come out of the open sea.

On these coasts but also applies: Caution and for swimmers an absolute bathing ban, because of strong undercurrents and channels.

wind Well

Windswells are waves that originate from a local depression and therefore have not traveled long distances on the way to the coast. Therefore, the waves of Windswells had little room to organize and are often wild, disordered and powerless.

Wipe Out

A wipe out will be your first "maneuver" and mean the case of the surfboard / surfboard. This may look stylish, but it is always unintentional.
Billabong annually praises a Wipe Out Award, which takes place on the sidelines of the Billabong XXL Big Wave Award. It will nominate the wipe outs that have been the most spectacular and breathtaking.