The easy way to stay on it
Swellcast takes the same raw forecast data behind all surf forecast services, and boils it down into a simple, intuitive interface. Rather than provide inaccurate forecasts for individual surf spots, swellcast covers broader areas or traditional swell indicators, providing raw data to inform your decision making.
Most live wind readings are updated every 30 minutes. Some stations are updated less frequently. Forecast data is updated every 6 hours. The data is sourced from a variety of providers, mainly the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Wave Watch III program, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
The forecasts page displays a short outlook for the first 3 locations nearest to you. State pages display short outlooks for each location within the state, for comparison. Click through for a full 7 day forecast graph with all available parameters. Forecasts are provided for three-hourly steps. Each graph highlights the next forecast for that location in local time. On a desktop device you can mouse over each bar on the graph to display the swell and wind parameters for each point in time.
By signing up to swellcast, you can create a profile, follow other surfers, and post and comment on updates, with local forecasts visible the whole time. You can also set up free swell and wind alerts.
Watch out for more Australian locations on swellcast throughout 2013. For occasional email updates about new locations and features, please sign up here.
Swellcast is built & run by Ray Stone.
A surfer for 25 years, and self-confessed onshore wind junkie, Ray runs a freelance web design/development business, and lives in Perth, Western Australia. Follow Ray on twitter, or say hello via email.