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Big Gs Forecast Model gets a Make-Over

It's been a busy few months since we last got in touch and nearly all of that time has been focused on the forecast model. We've built in refraction models (for swells that bend around Southern Ireland), developed refinements to detect weak, long distance swells (notoriously hard to forecast), and sweated blood to get a reliable wind forecast.

What does this all mean? The forecast is now very refined and we're confident enough in the accuracy that we express it as a single number or tight range. Not an ambiguous scale that can span three feet or more, but a definitive view on what the dominant size will be.

This really, really matters for UK conditions because we live in a nation of borderline conditions. Getting it right when there's a 4ft, medium range swell and light offshore winds is easy. But those days are rare on the changeable isle on which we live. Where you need the forecast to be right is on the very long list of edge days we getThe days where there's a weak long distance swell that doesn't show up on most models but produces perfect, shoulder high sets. Or where swell energy means waves travel close to wind speed so that it's lined up, even though the wind's onshore (go figure, but we see this often).

These are the days you don't want to miss. The days when you might think "it's not worth it" and then later wish you'd gone rather than spent the day buying new socks.

Equally you want to miss the days where an overly enthusiastic forecast tells you it's going to be 2 - 3ft and you travel to the coast to find it's barely 2ft and barely rideable.


Getting it right for our unique conditions in the UK is essential and although it's taken longer than we would have liked, it's been worth it to get it to where we wanted it to be. And that place is summed up in one word, precise.
Graphical View is on the Way!

With the surf forecast model precision in place, the next step is to switch it from the very basic text view into a graphical view that's easier to interpret and gives you a few more layers of data to dig into. As with the forecast model, this is going to take a few iterations so you'll see a few variations of the layout as we evolve it.

Those of you involved in the beta will start seeing the new graphical view sometime between now and the end of June as we progressively roll it out.

Not part of the beta? Not a problem. You can apply below. It's four short questions and you'll get the forecast for free during the beta period.
 
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