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Carbis Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Carbis Bay Swell Statistics, January: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Carbis Bay that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal January and is based upon 2372 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in 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 commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was W, whereas the the most common 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 52% of the time, equivalent to 16 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 23% of the time (7 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Carbis Bay is slightly protected from open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Carbis Bay about 52% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 34% of the time. This is means that we expect 27 days with waves in a typical January, of which 16 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.