What is a standout break?
In Beginner - Asked by michael leach


A standout break is something we hear mentioned a lot in surf forecasts. Basically it means that particular wave or beach will pick up the swell really well. Some spots for example only work if the waves are coming from the North West, but when they do break, they are the best spots around. If the current swell is NW you might hear a forecaster say, standout spots will be a foot or two higher. That just means those beaches that are known to do well with NW will be bigger, if it is a SW swell though, that place won't be standout breaks, in fact, there might not be waves there at all. To find out what direction of waves a certain beach likes, you can research on places like or Wannasurf. (Soon maybe even right here on