Big Salty has launched a new and unique service to all water sports users to help them keep up to date with conditions that they are interested in as soon as the latest data hits their servers. Users can either set Wind Alerts or customise swell and wind conditions to trigger their email alerts.

The alert system works alongside the Watchlist concept of having a series of beaches that are of particular interest to a user. A user candecide to setup email alerts for one or more of his locations and also decide whether he wants to set the conditions manually or opt for the Big Salty Wind Star Rating.

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The different trigger options in more detail:

Wind Alert

Uses the Big Salty Wind Star Rating as the basis for triggered emails. The Big Salty Wind Rating rates wind of all sailable directions for a location. So this is great to use if you don’t know the location very well but want to head there when the wind is appropriate to hit the water.

Custom Alert

The most flexible of the two options, the Custom Alert allows you to set a minimum and maximum wind strength for each wind direction at your location. It also allows you to set a minimum swell period and swell height for each relevant swell direction at your location.

This should allow you to customise alerts to tell you when the location is just right for windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, SUPing, sailing, snorkelling or just about anything. If you know your location well or even think you do, this is what you need.

Note from Big Salty HQ:

“We hope that you all get good use out of the system and find it a valuable addition to the Big Salty Weather product suite. This is just another development milestone and illustration of our commitment to creating one of the most progressive and accurate forecasting services around.

For more info on how to use the service check out our FAQ pages on the service. If that doesn’t answer your questions, give us a shout in the forum.”