You may have heard some surfers discussing the surf conditions and heard them say, ‘It’s offshore’, or perhaps ‘Oh it’s onshore’. So what do these terms actually mean?
Well, it’s about the direction of the wind in relation to the waves. Surfer’s prefer to have light offshore winds, here’s why:
This is when the wind is blowing into the waves. The wind is coming from the land and facing the sea. This allows the wind to hold up the waves, making the waves look glassy and smooth. With clean waves, it is easier to see the oncoming sets and have a better wave to ride.
This is when the waves are blowing from the sea, in the direction of the land. So the wind is coming up from behind the waves and pushing it from behind, and mushing it all up. The wind creates more whitewash and choppy waves. The waves can still be surfed and you can have loads of fun, it’s just not as ideal.