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Atacames ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Atacames Swell Statistics, May: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Atacames that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical May and is based upon 2200 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell was forecast.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WNW, 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 1.7% of the time, equivalent to 1 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal May. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Atacames is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Atacames about 1.7% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 6% of the time. This is means that we expect 2 days with waves in a typical May, of which 1 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.