Windsurfing Magazine




The UK and Ireland’s first long range surfing forecast on the internet is still alive and kicking after reaching its tenth birthday.

Launched by Neil Wilkins and Andy Methley on 1 October 1996, Surfsystem has been providing surfers all over the UK and Ireland with highly detailed and accurate forecasts of wave height and quality, wind speed and direction down to individual beach level, for over a decade.

Surfsystem was one of the early pioneers of surf forecasting on the internet, along with the likes of BritSurf which became A1 Surf and many others which have come and gone over the years. So why is Surfsystem different? Marketing Director Neil Wilkins explains, “it’s quite easy to learn how to forecast generally up to a couple of days ahead by looking at the weather forecast and knowing how your local beach will perform under certain conditions. What has set Surfsystem apart is that we can confidently forecast up to a week ahead and at a high level of detail for each and every surfing beach around the UK and Ireland”. Neil adds. “For surfers travelling to the beach from some distance away, knowing what to expect before they leave is so important. They can choose from a range of recommended beaches that they know are producing their favourite surf conditions”.

To celebrate its tenth birthday has launched a Text Messaging Surf Forecast Service called simply Surfsystem Text, to enable surfers and windsurfers to keep up to date with the latest long range wave and wind forecast from their mobile phone, wherever they are. To try out the service for yourself simply send a text with the word SURF followed by the abbreviation for your chosen region, to 60300

NCOAST – North Coast Devon and Cornwall

SCOAST – South Coast England

ECOAST – East Coast England and Scotland

SCOTLAND – North and West Coast Scotland

WALES – West and South Coast Wales

IRELAND – North, West and South Coast Ireland

FRANCE – North and West Coast France

(for example, to check the weekend wave forecast for southwest Wales, send a text containing the words SURF WALES to 60300)

Each text message received from Surfsystem Text costs the recipient 35p. Text messages sent to Surfsystem Text are charged at the sender’s standard rate.

Surfsystem Technical Director Andy Methley said, “Surfsystem Text will enable anyone with a mobile phone to get their weekend forecast wherever they are. When you are actually on the beach on one day you can see where it’s best to go the next without having to log onto the internet”.

Keep visiting the next ten years of daily surfing and wind forecasts up to seven days ahead.


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