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#1 2018-06-20 10:38:08

Lobsterfunkdaddy
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From: Dibden Purlieu
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location requests Spain

Hey BigSalty,
Any chance of adding some more spots for north Spain? If there are too many then the * ones would be top favs

CANTABRIA
San Vicente 43.393600, -4.371853 faces NNW Best wind WSW to WNW and NNE to NE
*Oyambre 43.394646, -4.334735 faces NE Best wind E to NE

Liencres 43.453288, -3.963987 faces NW best wind W-NW and NE


GALICIA

*San Xurxo 43.529810, -8.298778 faces NW Best wind SSW to WSW and NE to E
Doninos 43.494741, -8.320863 faces W Best wind SW to S and N to NE
Santa Comba 43.556492, -8.291560 faces N Best wind SW to W and NE to E
Ponzos 43.555710, -8.268164 faces NNW Best wind SW to W and NE to E

Traba 43.195931, -9.040907 faces NW Best wind NNE to ENE

Rostro 42.971827, -9.263066 face WNW Best wind SW and NE
Nemina 43.007734, -9.261286 faces WSW Best wind NE

*Carnota 42.832609, -9.108540 faces W Best wind SW to S and N to NE
Ancoradoiro 42.751870, -9.098047 faces SW Best wind WNW to NNW


We loved the BWA Tiree widget that you did - is there a way of making a user customisable version using our watchlist spots?

Thanks !!

Last edited by Lobsterfunkdaddy (2018-06-25 10:16:34)


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#2 2018-06-20 20:19:51

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Re: location requests Spain

Lobster red daddy.
Absolutely, I'll make sure we get these added over the next week and confirm once set up.

When are you heading out there by the way? San Vicente was one of the spots we spent a couple of days at after our ferry trip to Santander and thoroughly enjoyed it. Kind of reminded me of the countryside from south west Ireland. Absolutely beautiful. Didn't get the wind, but waves were good.

Thanks for the nudge on the watchlist spot search. Server upgrade work is a current priority but that will be sliced in asap.

Hit the water the past few days? Clyde and I were forced to form creche club at Mudeford Sandspit because the wives were away at a Hen Do. It's a satire of a windsurfer's life. We're hustling sessions one to the next to stay sane.


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#3 2018-06-21 10:02:20

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Re: location requests Spain

Beach creche eh? The weekend was great for getting on the water, we went to the infamous grommet spawning grounds at Calshot on the lagoon where middle son got the hang of beach starting and planing with front foot in strap. He's hooked now and we went down after skool on Monday for more. On Sunday we met up with some old friends who have boys the same age at a similar level. The peer group factor was amazing with the lads staying out for ages pushing each other to go faster and harder, probably the best motivation there is. I was planing in the gusts on 4.7, so twas a decent breeze and Theo went to a 6.2 then 7.5 for more power. He was pretty shocked at the speed! Your creche duties will hopefully morph into family water time soon, but no harm in perfecting your sand castle technique in the mean time!

That would be great on the spots. I'll try and edit the original post to add the optimal wind direction for each spot if that would help the back-office staff at BigSalty to optomise the algorithms. We're a few weeks off the trip, still trying to work out the best kit to take, it sounds like a spread of surf/windsurf/skim/sup would be prudent!

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#4 2018-06-26 07:47:53

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Re: location requests Spain

Have added best wind directions to the original post, although once the spot locations alone on are BS I can setup custom alerts for best wavesailing. If I get really geeky I might set up another user account with a watchlist for surf/suprf and skim...and sleeping.

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#5 2018-06-28 11:04:22

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Re: location requests Spain

I've got a picture on my notice board of one of the first times I planed  (fortunate enough to have it since I didn't get that many pics as a kid) but it's the raddest photo and gets me pumped about learning and teaching.

So I'm pretty excited hearing about your weekend sesh. Big ups to da youth!! If you hear of any beginner /intermediate gear lying around that is looking to be sold to a new owner let me know, I need to get some of my passively interested local hoodlums in to it.

All spots added and just sorting out the rating stuff. Very happy to help and excited about you getting some good use of the service out there. At the moment, the email alerts aren't configured for non UK locales. But.... I'm hoping I can do some mastery before you go (it's on the list of todos). When are you off off so I can work out whether the email alerts are doable?


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#6 2018-07-02 14:56:33

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Re: location requests Spain

I've not seen or tried the Whipperkids windsurf kit but I reacon if you and Clyde clubbed together it could be great fun, maybe rivershak should get a demo one haha

Thanks for the spots being added.. You guys at BigSalty are the best!

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#7 2018-07-05 14:38:46

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Re: location requests Spain

I was looking at the existing Tiree wave search system we have in place and figured out a few things that you may need to spice up your trip.

The ability to look a few days in advance at the regional locations and sort by rating type i.e. wave rating, down-the-line rating to see where to go. A few days in advance allows you to plan ahead for camping etc...

It's pretty much done now, got some tidying up of code and will release it as a new website feature next week. I'm actually pretty excited about it. It's the boiler plate for creating regional rating comparisons etc... and potentially extremely useful alongside the email alerts for helping us all get to better conditions more often.

I had a couple of questions about your 'Best Winds' above:
Oyambre. It looks like the best wind you've shown is onshore. Is this the case?
San Xurxo. Best wind offshore?
Nemina. Best wind offshore?

How it works with the rating systems. For 'Wind Rating', if the ratings are being set without local knowledge or experience of a location then we tend to increase priority for side-shore directions. All sailable directions will get 1 star, but offshore never unless there is a known feature for the location that makes this generally safe and worth the effort e.g. sandbar. Basically it's highly customisable so I will take in to consideration your answers to the above.

On top of the 'Wind Rating' system, we also have a best wind directions feature for the beach guide, but we won't fill these in just yet until we get some concrete info.

All 'Down-the-line' ratings have been set to favour cross-shore, cross-off wind directions with a swell within the beaches swell window. So these can be tweaked in future but have been set according to the lay of the land on Google maps.


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#8 2018-07-09 19:38:48

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Re: location requests Spain

Wow the BS Team are really getting behind this -thank you! Yes being able to plan a few days ahead with the regional planner would be great and could save miles travelled.

Yes the default ideal wind direction should be sideshore unless on the ground reports say otherwise. Rumour has it that Oyambre gets a bit of a thermal effect in NE to E for some cross-on antics but leave the sideshore default in case a low pressure system visits. We're going to get to know this spot well in the second half of our trip so I'll report back.

San Xurxo looks very tasty in a NE direction, the headland to the north has a hill on the end and a low lying join, a bit like Hengistbury head so it should accelerate and be clean. Yes E could be a bit fruity. Ben has been just returned from there and his notes highlight the DTL potential there. I'll check with him if I can pass on further research notes.

Nemina looks pretty sheltered so its more of a SUP and surf spot There may be DTL potential in NE, albeit gusty - research needed.

Out of interest - Is there any factoring on the swell direction that allows for the wrapping effect on longer periods? eg the Bluff eventually gets a SW swell if the period is long enough eg above 10s.

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#9 Yesterday 14:45:13

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Re: location requests Spain

I'll refer to the ratings we did in relation to that.

You're going to be our on the ground researcher so let us know what you find out. All the Bigsalty Down-the-line Ratings factor in the wrapping of long period swells. E.g. For Avon Beach, west swells score low for periods under double figures. So we're on it already.

Made further tweaks to the new system and had a busy week or so with other work distractions, so publishing in the next few days now. I'll PM you to let you know.


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