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Azurara ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.0

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Azurara Swell Statistics, January: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Azurara that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical January and is based upon 2868 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NE. 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 36% of the time, equivalent to 11 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 3% of the time in a typical January, equivalent to just one day but 15% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 15%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Azurara is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Azurara about 36% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 62% of the time. This is means that we expect 30 days with waves in a typical January, of which 11 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.