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Cabarete ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.4

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

This image shows only the swells directed at Cabarete 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 show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and largest 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 dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was NE, whereas the the most common wind blows from the E. 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 9% of the time, equivalent to 33 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal year but 0.7% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 0.7%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Cabarete is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Cabarete about 9% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 90% of the time. This is means that we expect 361 days with waves in a typical year, of which 33 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.