I have some very basic questions regarding the terminology used in wave reports, weather reports, etc.
Swell Direction: when they say "a SW swell", do they mean the swell is travelling south-west from your point, or the swells are coming from the south-west towards your point?
Buoys: I see more buoy reports making it into surf sites. What are they telling a surfer than a tide-report or swell-report does not?
Tide Charts: Okay, so I can tell when the tide is coming or going at a spot. Is there a general rule for when waves are good at a certain tide? Or does it completely depend on the spot?
Last one - Closing Out: When a wave does this, it means the entire wave breaks at once, depriving us of a nice break to one side or the other, right?