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Arroyo Laguna ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.3
Difficulty Level: 4.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.5
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.4

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Arroyo Laguna Swell Statistics, Spring: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Arroyo Laguna that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere spring. It is based on 6580 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was SW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NW. 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 4% of the time, equivalent to 4 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal northern hemisphere spring but 2% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 2%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Arroyo Laguna is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Arroyo Laguna about 4% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 21% of the time. This is means that we expect 23 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 4 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.