How to Know When to Go with Tony Butler

Special Guest Tony Butler founder of

Post Session Notes:

Tony: shares that with his new job he doesn’t often have time to surf. “Even though Im surfing less, it’s more special when I go. Especially when I can go with my wife.” Now at his job he too checks his own site to get a fix. 

Laurel: shares the old school WBLiveSurf phone line surf report. Listen for the excerpt of the original call in report Tony made.

Ashley: Shares her first weather forecasting nightmare- The sail from the Tortugas…

Injustice of the Week:

Tony brought it! Manners people!!!! Raised in the South there is something called Southern Hospitality. This is where when you pass a person going to check the surf on the beach or anywhere; you make eye contact; you say hello; and you smile! Easy peasy! 

Dive Deeper:

Tony: shares how WBLiveSurf got started, who influenced him and his vision.

The motto is “A community of surfers supporting surfers.”

Although there is a partnership with Sweetwater surf shop who does the later reports, Tony still does the sunrise report. For 17 years!!!!! 

We talk about the history of Surf Zones at WB and how he and Ocean Rescue were instrumental in changing the terrible tiny surf zone it used to be all summer!!!! 

Ashley: shares along with our producer Ren sailing sites on how to now when to go. They talk about weather predicting sites that you can subscribe to. 

TOny Butler surfing Costa Rica Wrightsville Beach Live Surf

Tony: shares his process for predicting waves. 

  1. Buoy weather- he pays for the longer version
  2. Checks swell direction- bar graphs
  3. Checks wind: swell period

We talk about having a East South East facing beach and needing a WNW wind to groom the waves but not too much and not too long or the swell will disappear! We talk further about the tropics and storm swells. 

Devo: Matthew 28 vs 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…

Laurel: shares about Jesus scolding the disciples for not listening to the women who told them Jesus was alive. Then he tells them all to go! Go share the good news about him- that this life is more than about ourselves but really, it’s about living for God and others and Jesus teaches us how to do that. 


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