Last Refreshed: 12/7/2013 @ 7:20 am
Daily Surf Advisory:
The beach flags for the beaches of South Walton will be RED today. Red flags indicate that strong rip currents are present across our County beaches and that you should not enter the water if you are unsure whether rip currents are present.
Please note that South Walton Fire District Lifeguards are no longer on patrol at this time of year. Lifeguards will resume patrolling the Beaches of South Walton on March 8, 2014.
Wave heights: Around 2 ft early dropping by this afternoon. Offshore winds at 8-10 knots this morning, forecast to go back onshore later today.
Rip current risk: High a high risk of rip currents means that wind, wave and tidal conditions all support the development of strong and dangerous rip currents. 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. Deep channels between the sand bars are where the water brought in from the wave action funnels back out. Strong rip currents can take even the strongest swimmers away from shore. Please pay attention to the beach flags, if you are unsure whether rip currents are present stay on 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.