uk es it fr pt nl
Ajo ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 1.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.3

Overall: 1.6

See all 18 ratings

Based on 4 votes. Vote


Surf Report Feed

Ajo Swell Statistics, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Ajo that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere winter. It is based on 8485 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was NW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the SW. 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 43% of the time, equivalent to 39 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 4% of the time (4 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Ajo is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Ajo about 43% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 52% of the time. This is means that we expect 86 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere winter, of which 39 days should be clean enough to surf.

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.