Reut Down’s Maryland and Delaware Surf Report For July 13/14

Featured, Outdoors — July 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm by

by Reut Down
For those folks in B-More that are tired of dodging bullets and seeing the Mayor walk thru your neighborhood to end the violence, take a chance and visit your favorite DelMar break.  The water may be chilly this weekend, but you might rewarded with some fun knee-to-waist-high waves.  The weekend is predicted to be partly cloudy with air temps in the 80’s and water temps in the low-to-mid 60’s due to some ocean upwelling.  The winds are predicted to be light and variable out of ESE/ENE, blowing 5-10mph on Saturday and Sunday, so expect clean conditions in the morning with some texture in the afternoons.  The swell will be minor, again in the knee to waist high range, with a little bump on the incoming tides.  Your tides for Saturday will be 4:53am (Low) and 11:00am (High).  Tides for Sunday will be 5:34am (Low) and 11:40am (High).  Current Buoy readings (Thursday) are around 3.0′ at 6s with short period SSE wind swell and not expected much increase this weekend.   Your best board options will probably be your favorite log, fun shape, or fish depending on the sand bar, tide, etc……..Sorry to those that are waiting for a day to bring out your shortboard or Hawaiian gun but summer months usually bring out the worst in anything that floats, including inner tubes, 10-man rafts, truck tires, and overweight swimmers.  Look for the low to incoming tide for your best chance for rideable waves this weekend.  Due to the chilly water temps, a spring suit should be your best bet this weekend.  If you choose to stay in B-More, check out the Patterson Park pond for a rippable wave, 3-headed fish, or floating body.

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 rideable 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.

Just get to the beach brah, it's good for the soul.

Just get to the beach brah, it’s good for the soul.


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