Reut Down’s Del/Md Surf Report For The Holiday Weekend

Featured, Outdoors — July 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm by

Greetings 4th of July Hodads,

For those of you that found a protected spot from the blowing SSW winds last Saturday thru Tuesday, there were certainly plenty of fun waist to chest high sets with clean conditions to be had on the incoming tides. This time also saw some heavy action from beach rescue with a plane crash off of 133rd and a missing Amish swimmer in SS Indian River. Life is short for certain so let’s begin by thanking those that allow for our freedom and thank our military personnel!!!

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The weekend is predicted to be beach perfect with air temps in the 80s and water temps around 71 degrees with winds out of the SSW and WSW on Saturday and Sunday. The swell will be minor and in the knee to occasional waist high range with a little bump on the incoming tides. Your tides for Saturday will be 12:51pm (Low) and 6:46am (High). Tides for Sunday will be 1:33pm (Low) and 7:30am (High). Current Buoy readings (Thursday) are around 3.0′ with short period South wind swell and not expected increase this weekend. Your best board options will probably be your favorite log, fun shape, or fish depending on the sand bar, tide, or crowds of post-sunburned or firework-burned Pennsylvania crashers. Look for the low to incoming tide for your best chance for rideable waves this weekend. A Spring Suit or a wetsuit top should do the trick while in the water.

About our MD/DE Beaches:

· The bulk of the MD and DE beaches are ESE facing beach breaks with a few jetties producing peeling waves depending on tides, winds, sandbars, and swell direction. With the ESE facing beaches, a good W or NW wind allows off-shore conditions and a light SW wind is not too shabby either. In terms of swell size, our sandbars can be fickle, so you may find anything from waist high to OH ridable at any given time. In terms of tides, a low to mid-incoming tide usually works best with our beaches. Sandbars are constantly shifting throughout the seasons, so it is wise to check your favorite spots often for shifting sand, dredging, and occasional storms. Our best surf seasons coincide with the end of summer through winter time and even early Spring. There are no major secret spots in MD/DE, but some spots (streets/jetties/parks) are certainly better than others at times, again depending on tides, winds, sandbars, and swell direction, so one may find themselves checking spots from Indian River, DE, to OC, MD, to Assateague Island, MD. All are within an hour’s drive.

Support your local surf shop while visiting, don’t forget Chauncey’s (30th and 54th Streets), K-Coast (36st Street), Malibu’s (8th and the Boards), and Ocean Atlantic (34th Street).

Don’t be a Kook, give respect and get it in return, and smile often.

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