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Cabo Ledo ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.6
Crowds: 3.1

Overall: 3.0

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Cabo Ledo Swell Statistics, December: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Cabo Ledo that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal December and is based upon 2953 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red illustrates largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was SW, 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 20% of the time, equivalent to 6 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal December. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Cabo Ledo is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Cabo Ledo about 20% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 80% of the time. This is means that we expect 30 days with waves in a typical December, of which 6 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.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.