“Low tide, 10am, 0.4 feet.” That’s what the free tide chart you swiped from your surf shop says for 4/9/2007. But you’re not a Professor of Mathematic Philosophy Studies. What does this stuff mean? There’s a great explanation of how tides work (and how to read tide tables) here. Generally, a good time to go out is when a tide is building to a high. If it’s too high, the waves may not break optimally. If it’s too low, you’re looking at board-breaking closeouts. However, every break is different. So don’t be racist. Treat them as individuals.
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