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Cap Frehel ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.2
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.8
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.0

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Cap Frehel Swell Statistics, December: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Cap Frehel that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical December. It is based on 2953 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, 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 largest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the WSW. 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 14% of the time, equivalent to 4 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal December. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Cap Frehel is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Cap Frehel about 14% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 59% of the time. This is means that we expect 22 days with waves in a typical December, of which 4 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.