Around 1997 I set this site up as a personal convenience using the personal web site space provided by my ISP. On it I had rudimentary style links to weather and wave data available on the Internet. The links that I had on it then were chosen to retrieve information specifically about the area of the Central New Jersey coast were I do most of my surfing. I used it as a sort of “quick stop” to web sites that would help me plan my day around surfing.
After a while, my buds started using the site for the same purpose and I began to jazz it up in small ways to get a charge out of them. I began adding what photos we had of each other, posting “personal” notes to them, and so on and so on. Pretty soon the site had a life of its own. After I began a “Weekend Outlook” prediction of surfing conditions the site began to get significant traffic that was not from my crew. At its peak in that first winter there was a high of around 200 hits in one week. Not an Internet dynamo by any stretch, but that’s with absolutely no promotion whatsoever and it made me think that the site could be interesting generally to local surfers. Email traffic that started to come my way made me believe I was right. There were site users from Pennsylvania and other inland places that began to use the Weekend Outlook, for example, to decide whether or not to drive to the beach for some weekend Winter surfing. Some people wrote to say that they were using the bouy and cam links to help use flexible start time work days smartly.
In the coming months we will be making some major additions to the site in the hope of attracting paying sponsors and advertisers. As our sponsorship grows we will have the resources to add to the site content. Our many plans include a live camera at the site home break (Brown Ave. Lavallette NJ) and interactive wave reporting from contributing associates all along the coast of interest. We’re working on a tropical storm tracking and information section that will be in place for the 2000 Atlantic Hurricane Season. We’re also planning a software download section in which the titles will be surfing related (for example CAD programs for board design, instrument programs that display real-time data with on screen “gauges”, screen savers, and like that). We also hope to generate some revenue through the sale of our photographs. We can print them up for you on practically any media from prints to shirts to hats to mouse pads. Want it on a poster size photo print or a poster size digital rendering with captioning? We can do that too. Check out the Photo Gallery and follow the ordering links from there.
Our sponsors will have ad space that surrounds the main content of a window in such a way that it is prominently display but is not distracting you from your main focus on the page. You will not see those annoying Internet ads that are now a way of life. There won’t be ads that open new windows by themselves or that are furiously animated. As a policy of this site you can count on the ads and links being presented “quietly”. More information will be only a click away, if you choose to view it.
In its current form, we hope you find the site useful, first of all, and interesting and maybe even cool. Enjoy the site, come back often when you’re not in the water and let me know what you think through the feedback buttons sprinkled around the site. Especially contact us if you have trouble with any of the site departments. Sometimes we can help.
The site has two kinds of content on it. For its primary purpose of monitoring current conditions there are links to weather data from the NWS and the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES) and offshore buoy data from NOAA. Other sources are used as well. In most cases I have packaged that content in a page layout of my own in order to make it accessible with as few page hops as possible.
The other kind of content is the stuff that we generate here at JoeMac’s Surf Info Page. Currently this consists of a
photo gallery – DonnaMac’s corner of the site. Killer pics of you and your buds surfing in our waters.
articles (the ravings of a madman really ;-))
wave prediction – Our 78% accurate Weekend Outlook forcast for surfing conditions during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
7 Day Tide Chart and Graph – Monday through Sunday tides with sun and moon times.
other entertainment content – an original comic strip; our Snake Pit where we humiliate surfers caught on film not following the golden rule
DonnaMac is going into her second season as a surf photographer. In her first season out she developed a sense of timing that was phenomenal. You could watch her “riding” the wave with the surfer, following with her lens, waiting for the smack off the lip or the top of a floater or whatever. A favorite image of her for JoeMac is when she comes in from a shoot, plots down on the couch and announces “I got some GRRREAT rides today!”. She also showed amazing stamina last season. Staying at her camera through the 9-10 hours it took to shoot contest heats and award ceremonies. I remember a 7 hour shoot when Hurricane Cindy waves were here. An all dayer at 4 different breaks for that Thanksgiving swell. Check JoeMac’s Photo Gallery to see her work. It’s really good stuff. The newest albums are nearest the top of the list. I know that she’s going to continue to wow us this season as well.
Current Condition Links
The Current Conditions links from the home page tell you how cold it is, which way the wind is blowing and from what direction. You can get wave heights, directions and water temperature from selected NOAA buoys. There are several live camera links from Pt. Pleasant, Monmouth Beach and Belmar. If you need to check the waves from your office desk, the only thing better is a friend standing on the boardwalk with a cell phone.
From the Projections links the National Weather Service issues a nice, concise summary report and forecast of winds, sea states and frontal movements. The link on the home page will get you to the report for the area Sandy Hook NJ TO Fenwich Island DE TO 20 NM offshore. Wavecasting information is provided from the US Navy’s FNMOC Wave Analysis Model (WAM) which uses current and projected wind and swell conditions to produce color coded wave height and direction prediction for all of the oceans. The link from this page gets you to the East Coast US to West Coast Africa portion of the Atlantic. It is pretty good out to 1 or 2 days, with degrading predictive reliability the further out you go.
The Fine Print (I have to say this)
The information contained on this site is presented “as is” with no warranty implied or expressed. Some content is drawn from public domain sources and JoeMac’s Surf Info Page assumes no liability associated wth its accuracy or timeliness. Original content provided on this site reflects the opinions of the editors and contributors and is presented with no expectation that it will be used to plan hazardous activities or in libelous ways.