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Apollo Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.1
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.7
Crowds: 3.4

Overall: 3.7

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Apollo Bay Swell Statistics, Autumn: All Swell – Any Wind

The rose diagram describes the variation of swells directed at Apollo Bay through an average southern hemisphere autumn. It is based on 8682 NWW3 model predictions since 2007 (values every 3 hours). The wave model does not forecast surf and wind right at the coastline so we have chosen the optimum grid node based on what we know about Apollo Bay. In this particular case the best grid node is 31 km away (19 miles).

The rose diagram describes the distribution of swell sizes and directions, while the graph at the bottom shows the same thing but lacks direction information. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. These happened only 1.2% of the time. Green and yellow illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents the highest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell happens.

The diagram suggests that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was SW, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the WSW. Because the wave model grid is offshore, sometimes a strong offshore wind blows largest waves away from Apollo Bay and away from the coast. We group these with the no surf category of the bar chart. To simplify things we don't show these in the rose graph. Because wind determines whether or not waves are clean enough to surf at Apollo Bay, you can load a different image that shows only the swells that were predicted to coincide with ginney or is offshore, sts

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