I went to one website that appeared to have useful info for an area that's about a 2-hr drive from me.
The site indicated 13-ft waves right now (no, that's definitely NOT what I would ever want to paddle in). I called a private party that manages the beach, and they laughed--it's so quiet that guys (board surfers) are toodling around in the maybe-foot-high waves right at the edge but not actually surfing. I guess the swell direction was just a *little bit off* from being workable for that section of the state's coastline. Sounds like the day I went out last month for a recon visit and mainly paddled a lovely, gorgeous tour along the cliffs to the east. Biggest waves were maybe a foot high, when they occurred. Which was not often and only for a very brief time.
The info I've heard and read agree on what to look for there in terms of swell direction, wind direction and speed, tide height and timing. What other things should I figure into the equation so I do NOT have to take Internet site websites as accurate reflections of what's going on out there?