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Ardnave Point and Bay (Islay) ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Ardnave Point and Bay (Islay) Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Ardnave Point and Bay (Islay) that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical year and is based upon 33204 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 represent increasing swell sizes and biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was W, 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 16% of the time, equivalent to 58 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 4% of the time (15 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Ardnave Point and Bay (Islay) is quite sheltered from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Ardnave Point and Bay (Islay) about 16% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 20% of the time. This is means that we expect 131 days with waves in a typical year, of which 58 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.