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Bafureira ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 1.3

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Bafureira Swell Statistics, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Bafureira that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal northern hemisphere winter. It is based on 8485 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow show 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 frequently that size swell happens.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the N. 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 water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only arise 0.6% of the time in a typical northern hemisphere winter, equivalent to just one day. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Bafureira is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Bafureira about 4% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 10% of the time. This is means that we expect 13 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere winter, of which 4 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.