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Balian ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.4
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 2.8

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

This image shows only the swells directed at Balian that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical year. It is based on 34628 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 largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SSW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the SSE. 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 51% of the time, equivalent to 186 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal year but 2% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 2%, equivalent to (7 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Balian is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Balian about 51% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 49% of the time. This is means that we expect 365 days with waves in a typical year, of which 186 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.