MEDIUM HAZARD – Moderate Surf and/or Currents.
Last Refreshed: 5/22/2013 @ 9:02 am
Daily Surf Advisory:
The beach flags for South Walton’s beaches will be yellow today…
Wave heights will be around 1′, with onshore winds @ 8-12 all day.
RIP CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROBABILITY AND RIP CURRENT STRENGTH: moderate…a moderate risk of rip currents means that wind, wave and tidal conditions do support the development of rip currents. Moderate rip currents can be potentially dangerous for weaker swimmers. Lake washouts and soft edges of sand bars can also add to rip current development. Rip currents have the potential to form very quickly at any location across the beaches of South Walton, when the incoming water from the wave action funnels back out between the sand bars. Please pay attention to the beach flags and if you are unsure whether it’s safe to enter the gulf, check with a lifeguard or stay near the shore.
Inexperienced paddleboard and kayak users should always be very cautious as the winds and currents can push you away from shore and out past the second sand bar very quickly. It can be difficult to return to shore and very easy to capsize if you get side on to the wind.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW, DON’T GO….
Daily surf conditions and up to date beach safety flags can be seen at http://www.swfd.org/beach.php . For current Santa Rosa Beach weather conditions as well as our live Ed Walline and Rosemary Beach cam please visit http://www.swfd.org/weather.php, and lastly don’t forget to text “Beachflag” to 67463* to receive up to date beach flag notifications on your mobile device.