Prior to and whilst building swellcloud i spent a lot of time researching the market of existing surf/marine weather forecasting tools.

In a bid to make swellcloud stand out from what’s out there i thought a summary of my findings would be helpful.

Surfline

The behemoth of surf forecasting that was started in the US in 1985. More well known now in the UK due to Surfline merging their platform into the very popular magicseaweed.com. Surfline acquired magicseaweed in 2017 from Australian based Surf Stitch who were selling assets in a bankruptcy process. The undisclosed sum was thought to be less than the $20m Surf Stitch paid for magicseaweed and Stab magazine in 2015.  With estimated annual revenues of $35m and a $30m investment from from TCG there’s a lot to go up against for bootstrapped swellcloud….so here it is.

Forecasting assessment – as an avid surfer in the UK i followed magicseaweed surf forecasts closely and i personally think they did an excellent job with the available data – it certainly worked well enough for me on the North and South coasts of Cornwall and was highly regarded forecasting tool regardless of the ‘magic lie weed’ and ‘tragic sea weed’ names you herd being banded about by people you knew were using it all the time.

I don’t know the inner workings of there engineering methods to compute the forecasts but i am pretty sure their ‘proprietary’ wave model LOLA is fed by the very same raw data all the listed applications here do – its just what you do with that raw data that makes the difference. Surfline have an excellent array of data and unrivalled network of live cameras but this does come at a cost.

 

Swellcloud

Started in Porthleven Cornwall in 2023 a bootstrapped platform driven by a passion in surf and weather forecasting which aims to deliver a quality focussed solution for European surf and coastal weather forecasting. In house swell model developed and currently rolling out calibrated locations across Europe along with collating the biggest open collection of live coastal cameras.

Forecasting assessment – Swellcloud has developed its own inhouse model powered by a blend of the GFS wave model and European metrological agencies models including IKON, DWD and Meteo-France.

Currently offering 16 day forecasts in 3 hour time steps updated every 6 hours, weather, tide, sunset/rise and moon phases included.

 

Surf Forecast.com

This site seems to have been around for years – gaining more popularity in the last few months as a n alternative to Surfline.

Forecasting assessment – Swellcloud has developed its own inhouse model powered by a blend of the GFS wave model and European metrological agencies models including IKON, DWD and Meteo-France.

Currently offering 16 day forecasts in 3 hour time steps updated every 6 hours, weather, tide, sunset/rise and moon phases included.

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