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Postby northeastsurfer » Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:04 pm

I have a question:
How do different sets have different number of waves in when all the waves in a certain swell come from the same storm/weather system. Logic would appear to say there would be a continuous flow of waves the same distance apart.
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Postby jd83 » Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:46 pm

Exactly why and how waves form into sets is a mystery. I've just done my first year oceanography at Southampton, and we were told that know one really knows much about it, I guess this could be because it is really only of interest to surfers. I will get back to in 10 years time when i'm a successful oceanograher and let you know!
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Postby swordie » Tue Sep 20, 2005 8:00 am

chaos theory and fractals hold the key
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Postby slopsurfer » Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:23 am

chaos theory and fractals hold the key


A God who loves surfers and wants to give them a chance to get out back holds the key :wink:
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Postby Grizzly » Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:19 am

A God who loves surfers and wants to give them a chance to get out back holds the key :wink:


chaos theory and fractals hold the key



AKA 'Why' and 'How'


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Postby Matteeboy » Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:32 am

No idea why but I was always led to believe that every 7th wave was the biggest.
Never tested this random theory though!

Now surfing is so popular but people still struggle to paddle out, I'd say NO break in sets would be ideal.
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Postby Chad_Sexington » Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:37 am

I remember reading somewhere about waves travelling in sets in the open sea, the speed of the waves are slower individualy than the speed of the group. The last wave over takes the others until it's at the front, something like that? Mystery to me!
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Postby Danny79 » Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:49 am

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Postby slopsurfer » Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:11 am

cheers danny, thats as good an explanation as i've heard.
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Postby Mt_Sthcoast » Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:11 am

Clear as mud! Ta! :lol:
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Postby Ric » Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:51 pm

Danny79 wrote:Just googled it found this http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=92601


That's an explanation of dispertion, but not sets. dispersion leads to clean lines and good surf, but not sets, sorry.

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Postby MAL_MAN_DAVE » Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:16 pm

Matteeboy wrote:No idea why but I was always led to believe that every 7th wave was the biggest.
Never tested this random theory though!.


I would say that was about right, although i recon it's the 6th wave thats the biggest, but as you say its all very random
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Postby Jabes » Fri May 05, 2006 9:56 am

Matteeboy wrote:No idea why but I was always led to believe that every 7th wave was the biggest.
Never tested this random theory though!

Now surfing is so popular but people still struggle to paddle out, I'd say NO break in sets would be ideal.


not from patrick swaze in "Point Break" was it :lol:
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Postby KFPC » Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:32 pm

Set formation is believed to be similar to what are called 'beats' in classical (linear) wave theory.

A fetch will generally produce a wave field, basically a lot of waves with different heights, different periods, and with different phase relationships. As the waves move out of the genesis region, many will start to combine. Roughly, toughs combining with toughs producing even deeper toughs, peaks combining with peaks producing even higher peaks, and toughs combining with peaks producing, actually they would tend to cancel. Of course, as waves are not only toughs and peaks, they're also everthing else in between, so everthing else in between will combine with everything else in between.

Beats occur when the periods of the combining waves have a particular relationship. The relationship is referred to as commensurable, it exists if over a number of cycles, at some point the the peaks or toughs of combining waves conicide, and it can be quite a few cycles before it might occur. What can result are areas where there are few peaks combining with peaks (seemingly flat areas), with apparently isolated regions were peaks seem to be combining with peaks, producing isolated regions where the waves are significantly bigger, i.e. the makings of a set.

A gale, though a fairly reliable wave machine, could hardly be described as consistent. They do not continuously throw out the same period wave. They can't even be counted on to throw out a wave in the same direction. Though synoptic reports might describe a gale with a few selected parameters, like wind speed, air pressure, etc. virtually any parameter used is going to vary throughout the gale 'region'. In the case of wind, intensity, direction and the stretch of water over which the wind is blowing (fetch) will vary thoughout the gale region. Also, its likely the gale as a whole is moving, so thats going to impact wave genesis too.

Another contributing factor is that (ocean) waves have a beginning and an end, that is they come into exsistence and then at some point whatever was making them stops making them. They'll also end when their energy is disapated in some manner, possibly by showing up at your favorite surf spot. They also move at different speeds, which is function of wave period in the deep ocean. So, in the very least, in order for waves to combine, they would have had to at least caught up to each other, so set formation is not likely to be consistent, i.e. set formation, like a gale, can not always be described by a single set of unchanging parameters - things vary.

That was fun, thanks.

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Postby thedeadly » Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:42 pm

I will get back to in 10 years time when i'm a successful oceanograher and let you know!


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