swell window

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A set of coordinates between a wave-producing storm and a surf break—the angle and distance between the two, as well as the storm's intensity—that when met will produce the best surf at that particular break. California's Huntington Beach has a near-panoramic Pacific Ocean swell window and breaks all year. Maalaea, in Hawaii, has a tiny swell window and might turn on for just two or three days in ...

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