Why is the last wave always the hardest wave to catch?
In Intermediate - Asked by Tom
The last wave of a set is a bit strange. This has to do with how waves travel across the sea. Basically, as they journey from the storm that creates them to your beach, they group up. The front wave ends up taking the brunt of the resistance and is thus pushed to the back. This cycle repeats all the way to shore. As a result, the last wave in a set is usually the biggest. That will mean that it breaks a bit further out which can make it harder to catch. You will sometimes hear of it referred to as the "set wave". If you're looking to score a big one, sit a little further out than the rest of the surfers and when it comes through, you'll be in the prime spot.