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Cabo Blanco ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.7

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Cabo Blanco Swell Statistics, Autumn: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Cabo Blanco that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical southern hemisphere autumn. It is based on 6580 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 largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the SSW. 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 sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal southern hemisphere autumn. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Cabo Blanco is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Cabo Blanco about 4% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 4% of the time. This is means that we expect 7 days with waves in a typical southern hemisphere autumn, of which 4 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.