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Avalon Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Avalon Pier Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Avalon Pier that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal year and is based upon 28044 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 show increasing swell sizes and largest 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 most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was NE, whereas the the most common wind blows from the WNW. 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. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal year but 1.0% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 1.0%, equivalent to (4 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Avalon Pier is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Avalon Pier about 16% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 33% of the time. This is means that we expect 179 days with waves in a typical year, of which 58 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.