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What makes surfable waves? Storms micro-lesson

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So, what makes good waves to surf? The easy answer is storms. Do all storms make good waves? Well, no. Today, we're going to look at the example of Indonesia where I live. Next, we're going to look at a map that shows wind and storms. Okay, the green parts are wind, and the red parts are storms. Now, let's zoom out and take a look at this storm all the way down by Antarctica. This is the storm that actually makes really good waves for Indonesia. Those waves travel 6,000 to 8,000 kilometers to get to Lombok. So, wind from storms needs to travel very long distances. This is what actually creates really, really nice waves to surf. So, to recap, storms over wind over open ocean make great waves to surf. Okay, so once again, fun waves come from storms, wind, nothing in the way, and it reaching land.

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  • In this video how long do the waves travel to get to Indonesia?

    1) 6000-8000 kilometers
    2) 10000-12000 kilometers
    3) 50-100 kilometers
    4) 1000-2000 kilometers
  • From the video, what are the 3 things that make fun waves to surf?

    1) Storms, wind and open ocean
    2) Shallow reef, wind, sun
    3) High tides, sun, wind
    4) Low tides, rain, wind
  • What country is used in the example in the video to talk about fun surf waves?

    1) Indonesia
    2) United States
    3) Australia
    4) Brazil
  • In which country do the waves start that lead to making really good waves in Indonesia?

    1) Antartica
    2) United States
    3) Australia
    4) Brazil
  • From this video, what is the easy answer for what creates fun waves to surf?

    1) Storms
    2) Waves hitting shallow reefs
    3) Waves hitting deep reefs
    4) Surfers
  • If there is something like a landmass in the way of the wind passing over 6,000-8,000 kilometers of ocean, does it still make good waves?

    1) No
    2) Yes
  • Are there good and bad waves for surfing

    1) Yes
    2) No

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