Why are waves classified

Wave types - which waves are suitable for surfing

There are different types of waves. Size and direction as well as the tides, currents and the wind influence the conditions at every surf spot and have an influence on how the wave forms and whether it is surfable or not. Here you will learn about the different types of waves.

Types of waves while surfing

Spilled waves (spilled = spilled, overflowed) are gently breaking waves. They are neither steep, nor fast, nor hollow and arise when the ground contour is more gradual. These waves are also known as "mushy" waves because they contain little force. These waves are perfect for beginners.

Tube waves or plunging waves (plunging = strongly falling) are fast, sometimes hollow waves. These arise when the swell from the deep water hits a much shallower area. These waves are not suitable for beginners, but a dream for advanced surfers.

Close outs, or also Collapsing waves (collaps = collapsing), compute over the entire refraction line and produce white water without a clean wave front, therefore they are not ideal for surfing. Beginners make their first attempts to stand in the white water.

Surging waves (surging = swelling, surging) do not break and are therefore not suitable for surfing. The wave simply "sloshes" to the coast and then flows away again.

Reformer: Sometimes a wave breaks and, caused by different ground depths, builds up again in the further course and breaks again.

Double ups are waves in which two waves have united with their peaks and valleys. This wave energy combines to form an extra strong and larger wave, also known as a freak wave. Double ups can get extremely hollow and even dangerous. Even surfers with very advanced skills can have a tough time.

Wave types - classification of waves for surfers

Classifying waves and dividing them into types can be useful when it comes to describing the surf spots or the conditions. We hope you enjoy having your say and look forward to your comment.Follow my blog with Bloglovin