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Aberystwyth harbour trap ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.3
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 3.6

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Aberystwyth harbour trap Swell Statistics, May: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Aberystwyth harbour trap that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical May and is based upon 2197 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and red represents highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SW (which was the same as the dominant wind direction). The chart at the bottom shows the same thing but without direction information. For example, swells larger than 1.5 feet (0.5m) coincided with good wind conditions 1.3% of the time, equivalent to 0 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal May. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Aberystwyth harbour trap is slightly protected from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Aberystwyth harbour trap about 1.3% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 16% of the time. This is means that we expect 5 days with waves in a typical May, of which 0 days should be surfable.

IMPORTANT: Beta version feature! Swell heights are open water values from NWW3. There is no attempt to model near-shore effects. Coastal wave heights will generally be less, especially if the break does not have unobstructed exposure to the open ocean.