SwellWatch Session Logs

I briefly mentioned this in the comments yesterday and thought it might be cool to do a more thorough post about it. Swellwatch is a free feature at wetsand.com that allows you to create an account and keep session logs stored online. The coolest thing about it is that you can customize your logs to track conditions at your favorite beaches and rate your sessions, then the website combines your review with their daily forecast stats.

Once you’ve built up a log for a while, you can track back and see what sessions you rated the highest, then you can cross check the conditions to see what you surf best. That way when you read the forecast, it will allow you to know what to expect from the conditions before you get to the beach, you’ll be better prepared. Plus you can see which board you have the most success on, and you can leave comments about the sessions so it functions like a surfing journal.

You can share your logs among a group of friends if you want, or set it to private so its just a record of your sessions and doesn’t get cluttered with reviews from other people. It’s a totally user friendly interface.

Here’s some screen grabs, and I’ve included my log from this epic sesh we had 2 weeks ago. Click on the picture for a larger version and explanation


  1. Shallow Shawn on 15 July 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the elaboration. I certainly use Wetsand often from my quiver of webcast sites. I saw the session logs thing but have not yet started using it. And think it could be very useful. Lord knows I could use some real data points when the speculations are flying high about how surf is going to be and where we should go. After all, we’re nothing but a clutch of kooks from the valleys that try to fit surf in during the week before work and have a need to commit on a destination.

    Thanks for the heads up, think I’ll start logging surf sessions on SwellWatch.

    BTW, I surf with one ear plug due to damage to one of my ear drums from way back. So I can only hear from one side while in the water, kind of like wearing a monocle while you surf, right?

  2. Aaron on 15 July 2009 at 2:26 pm

    One ear surfing does indeed sound like monocle surfing.

    Famous one ear surfer


  3. Jeff on 15 July 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I totally started my own log. This could be very interesting once I get a lot of data in there. We’ll see if Huntington really is Surf City or not.

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