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Bananas Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.5
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Bananas Point Swell Statistics, May: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Bananas Point that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical May. It is based on 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red illustrates the highest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was ESE, whereas the the dominant 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 3% of the time, equivalent to 1 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal May but 10% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 10%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Bananas Point is quite sheltered from open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Bananas Point about 3% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 2.0% of the time. This is means that we expect 2 days with waves in a typical May, of which 1 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.