11/07/2017

Apps I use for NW Paddling

Here's a few apps I use for Pacific Northwest paddling that help with weather and wave forecasts, planning trips (finding waves), race planning, etc..

SURF FORECASTS

I use a variety of apps as surf can be difficult to forecast. I take an average of each and/or just go if it's looking mostly good. Many surfers like surf specific forecasts such Magic Seaweed or Surf Forecast. But for NW surf especially the Strait, which is difficult to forecast for, I prefer local apps. Often a 5 star MagicSeaweed day isn't that.

Surfwa.org (Mobile Surf) - A really good local app with webcams, buoy data (size, direction, period and wind speed and direction), as well as visual graphs showing height and period. And tides and the NOAA Ocean Forecast.

NOAA West Point Station / Seattle
NOAA Marine Forecast - Includes ocean swell direction, size and period as well as wind. As accurate as many of the non-local surf apps.

Dairiki Ties - NW based tide table.

NOAA Tides - Basic tidal info.

Port Angeles Tides - Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles) the most accurate tidal info on the Strait. Get the paper! Difficult to find their tide chart online.

WindAlert - Real time wind and wind forecasts. Similar apps include Wind on the Water.

Windy - Super cool wind map showing animated wind direction and heat maps.

Ventusky - Similar to Windy below but more options. Wind, weather, etc

Hoko Cam - Webcam on the Strait near Sekiu. If it's breaking there, you may get waves inside.


Ventrusky - Wind Animation/Motion!
SEATTLE / Shilshole Bay

West Point Lighthouse NOAA station (Discovery Park) One of my favorite sites with within the hour data for wind speed and direction, air pressure, air and water temp. Check the page for other stations near you.

West Point Webcam - Requires manual refreshing but is a great way to check tides, wind, weather (fog?), and for boat traffic off the point.

NOAA Marine Forecast - Includes wind speed and direction, and wave height if weather is stormy.

WindAlert - Real time wind and wind forecasts. Also fun to see how wind is blowing throughout the state, a great way to see how wind works.  Similar apps include Wind on the Water.

Dairiki Ties - NW based tide table.

NOAA Tides - Basic tidal info.

Windy - Super cool wind map showing animated wind direction and heat maps.

Ventusky - Similar to Windy below but more options. Wind, weather, etc

FREIGHTER WAVES
I use all of the above Puget Sound apps and Marine Traffic to determine which ships are coming and when. The ship ETA isn't always correct so don't rely on it 100%. Take my freighter and tug classes to learn about ideal tides and how to track ships and which ships work the best.

Note there are several other apps like Marine Traffic, that's just the one that works best for me.  Boat Beacon is another version. Pocket Mariner has several other options to check out.

DNR WA Shoreline Photos
DECEPTION PASS TIDAL RAPIDS
Here you want to follow currents instead of tides, wind direction and speed.

Mobile Graphics - I use this one as it's easiest for me to read. Scroll to the bottom to changes dates.

NOAA Currents - I don't use as much as the above option.

NOAA Marine Forecast - Includes wind speed and direction, and wave height if weather is stormy. For DP check North Sound, East Strait of Juan de Fuca and Admiralty Inlet.

WindAlert - Real time wind and wind forecasts. Similar apps include Wind on the Water.

Ventusky - Similar to Windy


below but more options. Wind, weather, etc

Windy - Super cool wind map showing animated wind direction and heat maps.


Trip Planning and Surf Spot Search

- Google Earth - I'm addicted to this app. I spend hours looking for stuff including WW2 bunkers along the Strait, camping spots, sea caves, surf spots, etc.

- DNR Washington Shoreline Photos - Also a fun site to look for aerial images. Check images dating back to the 1960's.  Still images only, no fancy Google Earth features but high resolution images.  Images were shot at low tides.

- Navionics - This one is new to me but has great methods of looking at marine charts, water depth, topography, etc. Fun app!

Check out our SUP classes in Seattle - Beginning to advanced instruction including freighter and tug wave surfing, coastal surfing, rivers and racing, plus PSUPA Certification.







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