How to Predict the Best Surfing Waves

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Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) –- Stormsurf.com Founder Mark Sponsler discusses Mavericks, the surf competition announced only 48 hours before it happens and the role technology plays in making the event happen. He speaks to Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Guy behind the technology.

The technology is super important because if you do not have waves, if you don't have the white window or conditions, you cannot have the contest.

Mavericks was a secret surf spot because it rarely went big.

It was behind the scenes.

No one knew about it.

One guy surf to buy and sell for 25 years and then he let the secret out and now everyone knows about it.

Jeff clark.

The pictures of him writing where there are other giant waves, he shows up and they wonder where he learned.

In his backyard of all places.

Talk about what all goes into this.

How far in advance do you announce the contest will take place?

You have a good idea, up to 10 days beforehand, but the reality is there are all sorts of tricks about what the wind -- wind will do.

You don't want to announce until the last possible minute.

48 hours before hand.

You announce big assad -- one of the biggest surfing competitions the world 48 hours before.

What technology do you use for that?

You have people flying in from all over the world to compete.

There are maple -- wave models, whether models, satellite data, mixing it into a secret sauce that helps us predict exactly when these wells will hit.

We can nail it down to 30 minutes before time, exactly when the swells are going to hit.

What the technology now that is not available the past?

There was really no satellites.

It is really the computer models that are the most important part.

You see it all the time on tv news, weather models.

What we have a specialized models for surf protection.

They tell you exactly as a storm is forming and wind starts blowing on the ocean surface, how big those ocean waves that are being generated by the winds and storm.

For this contest we had sees as high as 57 feet.

That means that once every era, there are rogue waves out in the ocean there were over 110 feet tall.

,. -- come on.

What are we going to see at the competition?

How big will be waves get?

There is the hawaiian scale.

Is really about half of what the waves are.

We're saying 17-20 feet.

That is from the basin where the waveforms to the top of the crest?

Yes.

Hawaiian guys taken cut by half.

They say that they measure from the back of the way because that is the part you see.

We're saying 35-40 feet bases.

There is a lot of energy.

It is not a thin little swell.

It is like a bulldozer coming at you.

And really shallow water, too.

The rocks famously heard.

-- hurt.

Yeah.

Or as a spot out there that is about 20 feet by 20 feet to 10 feet deep that is a pinnacle of rock.

When the swells come, they hit the pinnacle, they jump up, and they basically create this giant gnarly tube and a lot of water moving.

Extremely dangerous.

Have you surfed pipeline?

Yes.

There is a rock jutting out underwater that i found the hard way.

Pipe is a very heavy wave, but it is not as big, it is not a deep waterway.

There is more water moving it mavericks.

It makes it much more dangerous.

Amazing.

We will be right back.

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