Thursday, June 19, 2008

Spitcast ca. 1997

Jack has always been good at a few things: surfing, thinking and leaving a party unannounced. He has other talents, but anyone can pretty much peg him on those.
I'm not sure how the sudden absence part of the equation works into it, but he has been figuring out how to combine the former abilities into something productive for the last couple years.
Last week he officially unveiled Spitcast, a surf forecasting service for the California coast.
He explained his methodology to me once, but it all sounded like so much physics algorithmic gobbledygook. The basic theory combines swell models, weather reports and real, anecdotal evidence to specific surf spots under every condition. Of course there is a lot more to it than that, and apparently the math is pretty involved, but Jack has pretty much nailed it.
If you are on the left coast and want to know when and where, or want to contribute, check it out.
Its up and live and highly efficacious.
In the Locally Surfy section to the right.

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